"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.'"