UCITA’s Here – Cover Your Assets
The anti-consumer Uniform Computer Information Transactions Act (UCITA), for a decade more debated than feared, was recently voted into law in Maryland and Virginia. Iowa, Hawaii, Illinois and Oklahoma may be next. UCITA mantra of the you-break-it/you-buy-it new economy conveniently relieves software vendors of any responsibility to sell products that work.
Can you defend yourself? UCITA already clobbered the Uniform Commercial Code, which allowed software buyers to inspect prospective purchases and reject defective products. By UCITA rules, all terms of software end-user license agreements and Internet terms of service contracts called shrinkwrap and click wrap agreements can be hidden from the buyer until after the sale, which is final. UCITA allows vendors to unilaterally reject cancellations.
And were not just talking word processing. UCITA covers multimedia interactive products, databases and data; Internet information; all software development, documentation, maintenance and support; and all downloadable text or electronic creations such as books, films and music.
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