posted Aug 09, 2000

UCITA group backs off provision -- somewhat UCITA8/9/2000; 6:09:24 PM 'The group that drafted the Uniform Computer Information Transaction Act (UCITA) has backed off slightly from one of the more controversial measures in the proposed software-licensing law -- a so-called self-help provision that allows vendors to remotely disable the software they sell to users. But that may not be much solace to corporate users. 'At its annual meeting, which ended last Friday, the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws (NCCUSL) agreed to end the self-help provision for mass-market software sold via retail channels. However, the provision remains in effect for other types of software such as customizable applications that are purchased by companies.'Well, it's a start, I suppose, but I find these so-called "self-help" mechanisms to be morally reprehensible in light of the fact that the vendor incurs no liability for using it. In fact, I doubt that protection would stand up in a court of law in a sufficiently importent case, with enough people getting hurt.


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