November 1, 1999
Dear LLAM Members,
Maryland legislators are carefully reviewing UCITA and are
conducting a series of work-group meetings this week and next to
educate themselves on the legislation, and to bring opponents and
proponents together through a negotiating process.
While we are engaged in these negotiations, we continue to
oppose strongly the enactment of UCITA in Maryland. Our goal is
to slow it down.
Below are the names of three key state legislators that we urge
you to contact if you are in their district (all are from the Baltimore
or Baltimore County area). They need to receive negative
messages about UCITA from their constituents. Each and every
contact will count!
Sen. Thomas L. Bromwell (Dem--District 8)
Chair, Senate Finance Committee
Sen. Delores G. Kelley (Dem--District 10)
Member, Senate Finance Committee and Professor, Coppin State College
Rep. Kenneth C. Montague, Jr. (Dem--District 43)
Here's the message (pick one or two of the bullets to comment on):
- "I urge you to oppose the enactment of UCITA in Maryland (S.B.
142 and H.B. 19) because it will harm businesses, libraries and
consumers in our state. It redefines the sale of computer software
and "computer information" as the licensing of "intangible"
- UCITA will:
- unravel fair use and the first sale doctrine that under current
copyright law ensure the free flow of information.
- outlaw the right to transfer legally acquired materials through
interlibrary loan, or through a gifts and exchange program.
- make shrink-wrap and click on licenses enforceable, with the
that a librarian may discover after the fact that certain terms conflict
with legitimate practices under current copyright law.
- leave libraries with few rights and little bargaining power,
especially when there is little competition of products in the
For more information:
See the February 3, 2000 testimony of Harvey Morrell and Jim Neal
before the Md. General Assembly.
Check out the 4cite coalition's web-site at www.4cite.org.
Read the latest anti-UCITA press piece at:
Thanks very much!
Mary Alice Baish
Mary Alice Baish
Associate Washington Affairs Representative
E.B. Williams Law Library
Georgetown University Law Center
111 G Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20001-1417