After nearly four years of intense debate, the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws (NCCUSL) said it is shelving efforts to pursue nationwide legislation that would give software publishers the right to shut down computer programs remotely when users, including school customers, are found in violation of their licensing agreements.

Known as the Uniform Computer Information Transactions Act, or UCITA, the initiative sought to create the first state-to-state law governing all contracts for the sale, licensing, service, and support of commercial software or digital information products. Among other things, the legislation would


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