Maryland May Be First to Enact UCITA

FRAMINGHAM (04/21/2000) - Maryland Governor Parris N. Glendening is expected Tuesday to sign into law the controversial Uniform Computer Information Transactions Act (UCITA). The act was recently approved by the U.S. state's General Assembly.

Although Maryland is the second state to approve UCITA, it may be the first state to legally enact the measure, according to a spokeswoman at the governor's office. The act, if signed Tuesday, will take effect latter this year.

Virginia Governor James Gilmore signed UCITA in March, but delayed implementation for a year pending review by a study committee.

The software licensing bill has strong support among high-tech vendors but is opposed by many CIOs (chief information officers) at user companies. Supporters argue that the legislation will provide predictability and uniformity to software licensing agreement. Opponents believe UCITA gives software vendors an unfair advantage in software licensing agreements.

UCITA has been sent to all 50 states and the District of Columbia by the National Conference of Commissions on Uniform State Laws, which adopted UCITA in July. The conference recommends commercial code law for consideration by the states.

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