US software licence law fear



From October, UK users could start seeing software contracts based on a controversial US law that puts software suppliers in a more powerful position during...



From October, UK users could start seeing software contracts based on a controversial US law that puts software suppliers in a more powerful position during licence disputes.

The US state of Maryland has copied Virginia by enacting the Uniform Computer Information Transactions Act which aims to standardise software licences.

The Act will take effect in Maryland from 1 October, though the state has made some moves to allay users' fears that they could be hit by the proposals.

The proposals include clauses which:

  • Enable suppliers to disable users' systems in the event of a licensing dispute.

  • Prevent any public comment by a user on the quality of the software under dispute, or how it operates.

    UK users are concerned that it is only a matter of time before their software contracts are incorporated under Maryland laws, as that will be the first state to have enacted the Uniform Computer Information Transactions Act.

  • Read more on Business applications

    Start the conversation

    Send me notifications when other members comment.

    Please create a username to comment.

    -ADS BY GOOGLE

    SearchCIO

    SearchSecurity

    SearchNetworking

    SearchDataCenter

    SearchDataManagement

    Close