Ok…I searched…I found…here’s the dealio:
What I was trying to talk about is called the Uniform Computer Information Transactions Act or UCITA.
You can get the skinny at this link:
As it turns out, I was wrong in my rememberence that this was a federal bill. Rather it is bill to be passed in the legislature of each state as endorsed by the National Conference of Commissioners for Uniform State Laws.
Among the shitty things for software consumers like you an me we have:
*Companies could legally disclaim any obligation to sell products that work – even if they knew about serious defects before the sale and didn’t disclose them
*Under some circumstances, a software vendor could summarily disable a customer software remotely if there was an unresolved dispute, even if that action disrupted and damaged the customer’s business; in theory, this would be an electronic ``repossession’’ of the product.
*Reverse engineering, used by security experts to examine software for viruses and the like, could be prohibited.
AND, the one that I mentioned in the OP,
*Buyers could be prohibited from commenting publicly about a product’s quality or performance.