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[RRE]campaign against abusive shrinkwrap licenses

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  • Phil Agre
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    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 9, 1999
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      Date: Wed, 7 Jul 1999 02:19:14 -0400
      From: Free Software Foundation <gnu@...>
      Subject: Help defeat UCITA

      [The Free Software Project is posting this message to aid a campaign
      led by others (see below) against UCITA. For more information,
      please see the web sites below. Please repost this message as
      widely as possible, wherever it is appropriate.]

      UCITA (formerly UCC article 2B) is a plan to change the law in the US,
      state by state, to give software publishers unprecedented power over
      software users, through "shrink wrap" licenses. Software owners would
      be able to prohibit you from doing reverse-engineering to figure out
      the protocol used by the program, prohibit you from telling the public
      about bugs you encounter, insist that you can only sue them in
      Paraguay, change the license terms post-facto, and enter your computer
      to shut off the software if they claim you have violated their
      one-sided license.

      UCITA would also apply to other products that contain software or
      information--for example, digital watches, microwave ovens, and cars.
      Wave goodbye to consumer protection laws.

      Fortunately, there is a strong campaign to oppose UCITA. Infoworld
      has organized a letter-writing petition campaign which you can join.
      See http://forums.infoworld.com/threads/get.cgi?115803.

      The principal vote (in late July) will by a committee of the state
      representatives to the commission on uniform state laws, and there is
      also a campaign asking you to write to your own state's commissioner.

      See http://www.badsoftware.com/ for advice on how to do this, and much
      more information about UCITA. Another resource page about UCITA is

      I hope each US citizen or resident reading this message will help
      oppose UCITA in one way or another.
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