New Software-Licensing Legislation Said to Imperil Academic Freedom

The measure, designed to make state laws consistent, has provoked a storm of criticism

Imagine that an architecture professor distributes to his distance-education students digitized photographs of the palace at Versailles, warns the students about the images' poor quality -- and then gets hit with a lawsuit from the software company that provided the pictures.

The company accuses the professor of violating the terms of the license agreement, which