Knock UCITA Out
Bad ideas, like Uniform Computer Information Transactions Act, don't go away on their ownBad ideas, like Uniform Computer Information Transactions Act, dont go away on their own. They need to be defeated. Were glad to see there are signs of this happening, but more needs to be done. UCITA, as it stands now, is an unacceptable vendor power-grab. It must be brought in line with existing consumer protection laws, user rights established in copyright law and even free speech rights guaranteed by the Constitution. This is essential before its passed into law by more states than Maryland and Virginia. Opposition to UCITA has been coming from many sources, including big corporate IT shops, such as Caterpillar; the Federal Trade Commission; and 26 state attorneys general. Earlier this month, the American Bar Association got into the act at its annual meeting in Chicago.
The ABAs Tort and Insurance Practice Section submitted a recommendation that the ABA oppose the adoption of UCITA by any state and that UCITA be revised to protect "Licensees from unwarranted unilateral actions of the Licensor."