The Chronicle of Higher Education: New Software-Licensing Legislation Said to Imperil Academic Freedom
Aug 16, 2000, 11:57 (4 Talkback[s])
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"Imagine that an architecture professor distributes to his
distance-education students digitized photographs of the palace at
Versailles, warns the students about the images' poor quality --
and then gets hit with a lawsuit from the software company that
provided the pictures. The company accuses the professor of
violating the terms of the license agreement, which prohibits
customers from publicly criticizing the product. A judge rules in
favor of the company, citing UCITA, a new law that makes ubiquitous
software-licensing agreements readily enforceable."
"Those contract provisions also have the effect of curtailing
interlibrary loans and archival preservation, critics say. For
example, an academic medical library refused to lend the European
Journal of Surgical Oncology to another library because it said the
journal's license agreement did not allow interlibrary loans."
"'When Microsoft rattles the saber, people toe the line,'
says Jonathan Band, a Washington lawyer who advises UCITA foes.
'Imagine how much more effective that saber rattling is once UCITA
is in place.'"
- ComputerWorld: UCITA group backs off provision in software licensing law -- somewhat(Aug 10, 2000)
- InfoWorld: The licensing game(Aug 09, 2000)
- Slashdot: Richard M. Stallman Visits Teradyne(Aug 03, 2000)
- LA Weekly: Wares Wars - Consumer non-protection act threatens open-sourcers(Jun 26, 2000)
- Baltimore Sun: Software law foes see route to harm(Jun 21, 2000)
- Government Technology: UCITA: Click "I Agree" to Waive Rights(May 06, 2000)
- Upside: Virginia's software law from ... heck(May 02, 2000)
- Slashdot: Thus Spake Stallman(May 02, 2000)
- osOpinion: Bugs and the UCITA(Apr 28, 2000)
- InfoWorld: Maryland Legislature caves to UCITA, but Iowa may offer a safe haven from law(Apr 27, 2000)
- Richard Stallman on the UCITA in Maryland(Apr 07, 2000)