ComputerWorld: Licensing showdown looming

[ Thanks to David for this link. ]
“UCITA proponents will push for adoption of the controversial
software licensing law in four or five states in 2001, but they
will face opposition from some end-user companies, along with
warnings that the measure could significantly increase IT

Nationwide Insurance Cos. estimated that the Uniform
Computer Information Transactions Act could boost its costs by a
minimum of $20 million. The insurer cited security problems created
by the law, which would give software vendors the ability to
remotely disable systems through “self-help,” as it’s called in
UCITA, as well as increased contracting and negotiation

“Moreover, UCITA’s liability-limiting provisions would increase
Nationwide’s software quality assurance costs because the measure
would act as a deterrent for vendors to deliver a working product,
said Bruce Barnes, vice president of technology strategy and
planning at Columbus, Ohio-based Nationwide.”

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