NewsForge: UCITA Drafters Make Changes, But Don't Go Far Enough for Red Hat
Aug 07, 2002, 20:30 (13 Talkback[s])
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"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..."