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osOpinion: Boiling Point: When Computers and Laws Meet

Mar 13, 2001, 06:47 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Geoff Lane)

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"Suppose you have a dispute with a third party whose rented software your company relies on. The UCITA says that the third party is within its rights to suspend your license and prevent you from operating your computer systems by removing access to the rented software or services."

"The DMCA says you can't take the data files created by the rented software and reverse-engineer their format to extract your data for use elsewhere. If a BMP exists, you can't obtain compatible software from another source."

"Large manufacturing companies always ensure that the components they require are available from multiple, independent sources. This ensures reliability of supply and keeps costs down by introducing competition into their part of the marketplace. Yet the same companies seem perfectly happy to single-source software, which is essential to their continuing success."

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