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ComputerWorld: Maryland's UCITA May Have National Reach

Sep 06, 2000, 20:50 (20 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Patrick Thibodeau)

"In less than a month, the controversial software licensing measure UCITA will become law for the first time, in Maryland. And it's an event with potential national implications for all end-user companies...."

"After Oct. 1, when Maryland's law takes effect, if information managers aren't paying attention to the fine print when they buy shrink-wrapped software or click "I accept" for online agreements, they may be committing their companies to contract terms based on Maryland's version of the Uniform Computer Information Transaction Act (UCITA)...."

"But vendors can still cite Maryland law as their "choice of law" in a licensing contract, no matter where the vendor and licensee are located, said Jean Braucher, a University of Arizona law professor in Tucson and critic of the measure. "The key point is, you don't need any connection with Maryland, at least under UCITA," she said."

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