AFFECT, Americans for Fair Electronic Commerce Transactions, is a broad-based
national coalition of consumers, retail and manufacturing businesses,
insurers, technology professionals and librarians opposed to the Uniform
Computer Information Transaction Act (UCITA). AFFECT has been dedicated
to educating the public and policy makers about the dangers of UCITA.
AFFECT members have been following UCITA since the early 90s and the
coalition has been involved in every state where UCITA has been legislatively
active since 2000.
AFFECT is a 501( c )(4) non-profit mutual benefit association that represents over sixty for-profit and non-profit organizations including consumer advocates, libraries, retail and manufacturing concerns, computer information professionals and financial institutions. AFFECT members followed UCITA during its drafting as Article 2 B of the Uniform Commercial Code in the 90s, throughout its subsequent legislative life from 2000 - 2004. AFFECT continues to monitor state legislatures for UCITA and other related legislation and to promote anti-UCITA “bomb-shelter” bills.
Summary of Coalition Accomplishments
• AFFECT members have helped to stop or delay UCITA
• AFFECT successfully supported anti-UCITA “bomb-shelter” legislation in 4 states
• AFFECT drafted and submitted a package of thirty
• AFFECT members representing consumers, libraries, insurance,
manufacturing and computer professionals participated in
• AFFECT received funding from the John D. and Catherine T. Mac Arthur Foundation to develop and publish 12 Principles for Fair Commerce in Software and Other Digital Products in 2004
• AFFECT is continuing its commitment to promote fair business practices in software and digital product transactions through its development of the STOP BEFORE YOU CLICK campaign, an educational and legislative initiative begun in 2005
• AFFECT established a new website, www.fairterms.org, to offer educational resources to promote the STOP BEFORE YOU CLICK campaign in 2005
• 12 Principles for Fair Commerce in Software and Other Digital Products(available in both general public and technical versions) (2004)
• Response to the NCCUSL Proposed Amendments (6/02)
• Response to NCCUSL May 29th Report of the UCITA Standby Committee (6/28/02)
• Response to Dr. Robert Hahn’s Economic Assessment of UCITA (a report subsidized by Microsoft) (11/15/01)
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