Gilmore signs UCITA
- By Dan Caterinicchia, Dan Caterinicchia
- Mar 14, 2000
Virginia on Tuesday became the first state in the nation to officially adopt
the Uniform Computer Information Transactions Act (UCITA) when Gov. James
Gilmore signed the act into law.
UCITA deregulates product licensing and covers software, multimedia interactive
products, data and databases, and Internet and online information. It enables
vendors to disable software remotely as a means of repossessing products;
makes shrink-wrap licensing terms more enforceable; prevents license transfers
from one party to another without vendor approval; outlaws reverse engineering;
and lets vendors disclaim warranties. (see related story from civic.com)
"By signing this measure into law, Gov. Gilmore again is leading the nation
in establishing a legal framework for electronic transactions," Virginia
Secretary of Technology Don Upson said in a release. "Businesses and consumer
groups alike will benefit from this clear set of legal guidelines."
The act easily passed the state's general assembly during the past legislative
session but faced opposition from critics who contend that it limits consumer
rights. That opposition, which included some of the state's major employers,
lead to delaying implementing UCITA until July 2001, after a committee
of user companies and vendors reviews the law.