UCITA Satellite Teleconference

Rory had this over on Library JuiceThis week, but it is important enough for me to reprint here.

The Association of Research Libraries is sponsoring a Satellite Teleconference on UCITA, the Uniform Computer Information Transactions Act. It is important that you do something if you are in the United States. Why?


*   UCITA legitimizes a non-negotiable contract-based system
of intellectual
property with no exemptions and fair use defenses for the research, education,
and library communities as provided for in federal copyright law. 



*   UCITA permits this same kind of contract to apply to mixed
media
transactions where a book accompanied by a CD, for example, could be governed
by
the same restrictions as placed on the CD. 



*   UCITA permits provisions that prohibit reverse engineering
or the public
comment or criticism of a product. 



*   UCITA allows the licensor to electronically disable, remove,
or prevent the
usage of computer information or software that resides on your system creating
significant security issues along with interrupting services and operations. 



*   UCITA allows software firms to waive liability for known
defects in their
software that they failed to disclose to their customers. 



UCITA can directly impact the ability of libraries and educational institutions
to carry out their missions, to effectively manage their operations, and
to
preserve and apply community values in their daily work.



With four panelists who were actively involved in the UCITA debates in
their
states, this teleconference will help you learn more about UCITA and what
you
can do to deal with it in your state!
Details and registration information can be found at arl.org/ucita.html


Date: Thu, 05 Oct 2000 11:05:21 -0500
From: Julia Blixrud <jblix@arl.org>
To: Multiple recipients of list <arl-announce@arl.org>
Subject: ARL Announces..UCITA Satellite Teleconference (Dec. 13, 2000)


October 5, 2000



ARL Announces . . .



UCITA:  A Guide to Understanding and Action



A Satellite Teleconference



December 13, 2000
1:00-4:00 p.m. EST



Sponsored by:
American Association of Law Libraries
American Library Association
Association of Research Libraries
Medical Library Association
Special Libraries Association


UCITA, the Uniform Computer Information Transactions Act, is a proposed
state
law that seeks to create a unified approach to the licensing of software
and
information.  Two states--Maryland and Virginia--have passed UCITA,
and it will
be under consideration in many other states in the near future.  Several
aspects
of UCITA pose problems for higher education and libraries. 



*   UCITA legitimizes a non-negotiable contract-based system
of intellectual
property with no exemptions and fair use defenses for the research, education,
and library communities as provided for in federal copyright law. 



*   UCITA permits this same kind of contract to apply to mixed
media
transactions where a book accompanied by a CD, for example, could be governed
by
the same restrictions as placed on the CD. 



*   UCITA permits provisions that prohibit reverse engineering
or the public
comment or criticism of a product. 



*   UCITA allows the licensor to electronically disable, remove,
or prevent the
usage of computer information or software that resides on your system creating
significant security issues along with interrupting services and operations. 



*   UCITA allows software firms to waive liability for known
defects in their
software that they failed to disclose to their customers. 



UCITA can directly impact the ability of libraries and educational institutions
to carry out their missions, to effectively manage their operations, and
to
preserve and apply community values in their daily work.



With four panelists who were actively involved in the UCITA debates in
their
states, this teleconference will help you learn more about UCITA and what
you
can do to deal with it in your state!



Panelists for the teleconference are:



*   James Neal, Dean of University Libraries, Johns Hopkins University;
*   Rodney Petersen, Director, Policy & Planning, Office
of Information
Technology, University of Maryland;
*   Catherine Wojewodzki, Reference Librarian, University of
Delaware, and
former State Representative in the Delaware Legislature; and
*   Sarah K. (Sally) Wiant, Director of the Law Library and Professor
of Law,
Washington & Lee University



Details and registration information can be found at <www.arl.org/ucita.html>.



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The Association of Research Libraries represents over 120 of the major
research
libraries in North America and works to shape and influence forces affecting
the
future of research libraries in the process of scholarly communication.
ARL
programs and services promote equitable access to, and effective use of
knowledge in support of teaching, research, scholarship, and community
service.
The Association articulates the concerns of research libraries and their
institutions, forges coalitions, influences information policy
development, and supports innovation and improvement in research library
operations.


--
Julia C. Blixrud <jblix@arl.org> 

Director of Information Services, ARL <www.arl.org>   

Assistant Director, Public Programs, SPARC <www.arl.org/sparc/>

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