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Hastings Law Journal

Authors

Katy Hull

Abstract

This Note examines the concerns surrounding the Uniform Computer Information Transactions Act ("UCITA"), a uniform commercial code for software licenses and other computer information transactions proposed by the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws. Since case law addressing software licensing is currently inconsistent, some scholars believe that this uniform, nation-wide set of laws would provide for greater stability and predictability. Still, some critics of the UCITA worry that it fails to address consumer protection concerns. Few criticisms, however, have focussed on the UCITA's potential impact on the software licensing industry. Due to the growing importance of that industry to the United States economy, states considering the UCITA must carefully examine the UCITA's effect on economic growth. Additionally, these states also should recognize the possibility that technological change will soon render the language of the UCITA obsolete.

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