Anytime 300 lawyers agree something is a good idea, you'd better bar the door and hide the silver. But as our front-page story reports, that's exactly what has happened.

The 300-or-so attorneys of the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws have labored mightily and given birth to UCITA, the Uniform Computer Information Transactions Act. This "model legislation" would bring order and regularity, those lawyers say, to the wild frontier of software and internet-access licensing.

Although many maverick citizens of cyberspace might be skeptical, uniformity probably is preferable to chaos. Historically, though, promises of order in exchange for autonomy


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