osOpinion: Left Hand, meet Right Hand.May 31, 2000, 07:54 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dran)
[ Thanks to Kelly McNeill for this link. ]
"For several decades now, computer users across the world have been able to enjoy the benefits of software with the security of knowing that should that software fail to perform, it would be fixed or replaced with something that does work. We've come to rely upon publishers and developers to "do the right thing."
"For those of you living outside the US, or those oddities who read osOpinion and other tech-related sites regularly but missed this one, UCITA is a bill being examined by several US state congresses. UCITA is an acronym for Uniform Computer Information Transactions Act, which seems innocent enough on the surface, promising to create a set of laws that apply universally to all software, across all state boundaries. These new laws would create a better standard for control of software, UCITA's proponents claim."
"Beneath that innocent demeanor, though, lurks a malevolence of such overwhelming and terrifying potential that it sends ice cold fingers of fear dancing up and down the spines of every red-blooded geek."