March 13, 2001
Boiling point: when computers and laws meet
Author: JT Smith
Kelly McNeill writes "Suppose you have a dispute with a third party whose rented software your company relies on. The UCITA says that the third party is within its rights to suspend your license and prevent you from operating your computer systems by removing access to the rented software or services. The DMCA says you can't take the data files created by the rented software and reverse-engineer their format to extract your data for use elsewhere. If a BMP exists, you can't obtain compatible software from another source."