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
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
transactions where a book accompanied by a CD, for example, could be governed
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
preserve and apply community values in their daily work.
With four panelists who were actively involved in the UCITA debates in
states, this teleconference will help you learn more about UCITA and what
can do to deal with it in your state!
Details and registration information can be found at arl.org/ucita.html