Thursday, August 07, 2003

Support for UCITA erodes further

According to this article, support from the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws for the Uniform Computer Information Transactions Act ("UCITA") is fading - while UCITA has been passed only in Maryland and right here in Virginia. The article notes that "four states--Vermont, Iowa, West Virginia and North Carolina--have passed anti-UCITA "bomb-shelter" provisions, which make UCITA laws in Maryland and Virginia inapplicable to residents of those states." The article says the following regarding NCCUSL's dropping of support for UCITA:

"The lack of acceptance has prompted NCCUSL to announce on Friday that it had pulled the plug on all efforts to help states introduce and enact the bill. Without that backing, UCITA is unlikely to gain further consideration from the states, according to Katie Robinson, a NCCUSL spokeswoman.

"Without the conference pushing UCITA, I don't see any other legislative activity happening on it," Robinson said.

NCCUSL, which concluded its annual meeting in Washington this week, also disbanded the special committee that oversees its UCITA activity. Robinson said politics had interfered with the group's efforts in support of the bill, adding that the group may revisit the subject of state laws that govern software contracts and digital information in the future."

NCCUSL's withdrawal of support for UCITA also caught the eye of this commentator, who asks "What's to be done with UCITA?".

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