Gilmore Signs Ground-breaking IT Bill on Fairfax Campus

Posted: March 15, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Gov. James Gilmore signed the nation’s first Uniform Computer Information Transaction Act (UCITA) yesterday in Mason Hall, making Virginia the first state to provide uniform rules for contractual electronic transactions.

“UCITA provides clarity to contract law where none existed before, which will make it easier for consumers and industries to conduct transactions via the Internet,” Gilmore said. “This increase in electronic transactions will perpetuate the Internet revolution, promote e-commerce, and foster the growth of Virginia’s technology and manufacturing economies.”

Developed and refined by the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws, UCITA provides uniform rules governing contractual transactions for intangible goods, such as software, Internet and online information, multimedia interactive products, and computer databases. The measure clarifies current legal uncertainties, providing simpler contracts, lessening the costs of doing business, and leveling the playing field for small and large information providers.

“By signing this measure into law, Gov. Gilmore again is leading the nation in establishing a legal framework for electronic transactions,” Secretary of Technology Don Upson said. “Businesses and consumer groups alike will benefit from this clear set of legal guidelines.”

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