An intergalactic war has broken out in cyberspace over extremely earthbound rules governing licensing of information over the Internet. And don’t expect peace anytime soon.

The fight pits several industries against each other in drafting the Computer Information Transaction Act, or UCITA, and will be played out before the 50 state legislatures in the fall. At stake is whether laws for Internet transactions will be uniform in all states or will become a hodgepodge of regulations that differ depending on the jurisdiction.