Cohen | Okediji | O'Rourke | Loren
Copyright in a Global Information Economy

Vault Corp. v. Quaid Software Limited
847 F.2d 255 (5th Cir. 1988) - full text opinion

In an effort to unify and clarify contract law as it relates to intellectual property, the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws (NCCUSL), which has produced the Uniform Probate Code and the Uniform Commercial Code, wrote the Uniform Computer Information Transactions Act (UCITA).

UCITA was controversial from the beginning. A broad-based coalition of interests, including financial institutions and librarians, formed the Americans for Fair Electronic Commerce Transactions (AFFECT) to oppose the adoption of the act. They, along with other lobbyists, were effective. Only two states, Maryland and Virginia, have passed UCITA, and the NCCUSL withdrew active support for the law in August, 2003.

More information about UCITA can be found here or here.





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