"Among the changes approved by the NCCUSL last week were some
that addressed concerns voiced by the Open Source and Free Software
"A state's consumer protection law now trumps UCITA.
"Software contract terms that prohibit criticism of that
product are unenforceable.
A software contract may not prohibit reverse engineering that
is done for the purposes of making a piece of software work with
"Open Source software is exempt from UCITA when that software
is not sold for a profit.
"But that last change doesn't go far enough, says Carol Kunze, a
lawyer working for Red Hat on UCITA issues. Before the commission's
meeting, Kunze wrote a letter asking the group to kill UCITA
altogether. Red Hat and other Open Source companies have long
objected to UCITA's requirement that Open Source software provide
warranties to customers..."