|CPT's Uniform Computer Information Transactions Act (UCITA) Page|
June 9, 2000. Examples
of Questionable EULAs? Slashdot.
April 11, 2000, Vergil
Bushnell, Letter to Maryland Governor Glendening Opposing UCITA.
Reply from Maryland
Governor's Office, June 15, 2000.
CPT's earlier work on
UCITA (when it was called UCC 2B) is available here.
is a complex and convoluted document. Even something as basic as the
scope of UCITA is the subject to a range of often conflicting interpretations.
CPT is in the process of assembling several guides to help consumers
software publishers insist on concealing their License Agreements
from the consumer until after a purchase has been finalized. This
practice significantly harms the consumer's ability to make an informed
CPT's Collection of Current Shrinkwrap
and Clickwrap Contract Terms|
Most consumers don't read the fine print that accompanies software or Internet-based services. These
non-negotiable, standard form "shrinkwrap" or "clickwrap"
contracts of adhesion are "activated" when the consumer signifies his assent by breaking a plastic
seal, installing the software, or clicking
on a virtual button marked I Agree -- actions regarded as little more
Currently, the enforceability of shrinkwrap contract terms is questionable. UCITA seeks to change that.
A good way to understand the implications UCITA will have on consumers is to view examples of these contract
Click on the button to see CPT's collection of shrinkwrap/clickwrap contract terms.
UCITA E-mail Listucita
Subscribe to ucita
CPT has recently created an e-mail list to facilitate discussion about UCITA.
This e-mail list is open to all -- consumers interested in learning more about
UCITA, lawyers, policymakers, journalists, software industry advocates -- regardless
of opinion or experience. The list is simply called "ucita". To subscribe or
view the list archives, click on the links below.
CPT's old page on UCC
Understanding the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act.
The Federal Trade Commission
(FTC) held a Oct. 26-27 2000 workshop entitled "Warranty Protection for High-Tech
Products and Services." Here are the transcripts
Opponents of UCITA
Advocates of UCITA
UCITA's primary proponents are its drafters (The National Council of Commissioners of Uniform State Law) and trade organizations representing corporations that would benefit from UCITA's passage, such as large software publishers.
April 9, 2001. Andrew Brandt. Click With Caution: User Licenses Get Tough. PCWorld.
December 8, 2000. Bruce Rolston,
Look Before Your Click, Part 1 and 2. The Adrenaline Vault.
May 2, 2000, Mit Spears,
Virginia's software law
from ... heck. Upside Today.
April 25, 2000, John Marcotte,
Click "I Agree" to Waive Rights. Government Technology News.
April 10, 2000, Bob Kopp,
Maryland Legislature Approves
Amended UCITA. Technocrat.net.
March 13, 2000, Robert
Click here ... and lose your rights. ZDNet News.
March 3, 2000, Patrick
CIOs join fight to kill Ucita. Computerworld.
February 17, 2000, Roblimo,
Against UCITA: A Practical Guide, Slashdot.org.
February 6, 2000, Richard
Stallman, Why We Must Fight
UCITA. Linux Today.
July 5, 1999, Dennis Sellers,
UCITA: a reason
to worry?, MacCentral Online.