E-commerce: Recent Amendments to the Uniform Computer Information Transaction Act

February 7, 2003 Advisory

The National Commissioners on Uniform State Laws (NCUSL) ecently approved a series of amendments to its three-year old Uniform Computer Information Transactions Act (UCITA). This model law would govern con-tracts involving information products and services and provide uniform commercial standards for transactions that involve, for example, software, on-line databases, digital multi-media prod-ucts, and computer games. From the beginning UCITA pro-voked controversy, as both vendor and consumer advocates found objectionable provisions in the proposed law. Prior to the recent amendments, UCITA was adopted in Virginia and Maryland, while several states, ncluding Iowa, North Carolina and West Virginia, enacted "bomb shelter" provisions to over-ride the enforcement of UCITA ithin their jurisdictions.