You can help reverse the UCITA today
Stop the Open Source killer
A group of lawyers committed to keeping uniformity in state laws is having its annual meeting beginning this week, and the Open Source community wants to deliver this message to them: UCITA will kill Open Source. And they really need your help.
Carol Kunze, on behalf of Red Hat, has posted an open letter to the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws (or NCCUSL), asking that group to reverse the 1999 decision to adopt the Uniform Computer Information Transactions Act (UCITA).
The NCCUSL is gathering in Tucson, Arizona, from July 26 to August 2 to take care of standard committee business, consider amendments to several uniform acts, and be entertained. Red Hat is hoping that the commission will take time to consider its request to reverse UCITA, even though there's nothing on the official agenda about the act that, among other things, "provides a comprehensive set of rules for licensing computer information."
Red Hat is objecting to UCITA because, it says, UCITA was crafted for the proprietary software industry. And Open Source "has created its own set of practices and norms that differ widely from the commercial rules that UCITA adopts as the standard. UCITA does not reflect the Open Source community's development model, its distribution model, its license terms, nor its general expectations."
Red Hat is influential in the Open Source community, but in order to fully convince the commission that UCITA is not the answer for regulating software contracts, your help is needed. Find your state in the list below and email your NCCUSL commissioners to let them know you support the reversal of UCITA. It may be helpful to use the Red Hat letter as a guide.
NCCUSL Commissioner Email Addresses
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