April 12, 2001

UCITA: A license to lie

Author: JT Smith

An anonymous reader writes: "From ITWorld (fka LinuxWorld): Wallace Stevens was famous for writing poetry which can be difficult to grok. As a poet, he gave us many gems, among them a poem called "The Sense of the Sleight-of-hand Man." On one level, that poem seems to me to say that if one can imagine something, it can happen. The Uniform Computer Information Transaction Act (UCITA) says something very similar. UCITA says that if a large software publisher can imagine terms more favorable to itself than to the customer, it can make them real. The poem is art. UCITA is a crime against consumers."


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