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Uniform Commercial Code, MS, and competition
I'll be one of the speakers at the appraising microsoft conference, late
I'm not a Microsoft hater, but I am deeply concerned about licensing
practices in the industry and ways in which the laws governing them are
about to change. From a competition viewpoint, these changes will protect
existing large publishers, at the expense of newcomers. There are many
other problems involving customer dissatisfaction that this extension to
the Uniform Commercial Code will cause.
Microsoft has been very active in drafting these laws, along with the main
publishers' associations. But so have Apple, IBM, Oracle, Sun, Adobe, and
My site on software customer dissatisfaction is www.badsoftware.com.
The Appraising Microsoft paper is at www.badsoftware/nader.htm.
A paper summarizing data on software customer dissatisfaction is at
A section-by-section analysis of anti-customer effects of the Uniform
Commercial Code changes is at www.badsoftware.com/ali.htm.
An attempt at a thoughtful look at societal risk management strategies
involving liability for bad products is at www.badsoftware.com/theories.htm.
I'll be in Washington tomorrow a.m. through the end of the conference and
will be glad to discuss the UCC revisions or the Uniform Electronic
Transactions Act (electronic commerce, with some significant consumer
protection issues) with you there.
-- Cem Kaner
Cem Kaner, J.D., Ph.D. Attorney at Law
P.O. Box 1200 Santa Clara, CA 95052 408-244-7000
Author (with Falk & Nguyen) of TESTING COMPUTER SOFTWARE (2nd Ed, VNR)
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