Software Licensing Agreements

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The book “Software Licensing Agreements – What You Need To Know About Software Licenses” by Software Lawyer Mike Young has just been released.

How The Software Licensing Agreements Guide Helps You

Part of the Quick Legal Guides series, this new guide reveals…

  • What is a software license (the answer may surprise you).
  • How to define the scope of a license to get what you want.
  • 11 common software licenses (and when you should use them).
  • What is open source licensing.
  • 7 popular open source software licenses.
  • One license you should never use for open source software.
  • What is public domain software.
  • How to create software licenses that are right for you.
  • And why you should never “borrow” a license.

Plus, there’s a Quick Start Checklist and a Resources section for you to take practical steps right away to get the software license(s) you want…whether you’re licensing your software to others to getting a license to use an application.

Where Can You Get This Software Licenses Guide?

This business law book is available at in print as a paperback and in Kindle electronic format. Claim your copy today.

Software Development Work Orders: What You Need To Know

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Software Development Work Orders: What You Need To KnowSometimes called a Scope of Work (SOW), software development work orders define project work.

Also important, a project’s work order excludes tasks. That’s essential to avoid misunderstandings between client and developer.

Master Services Agreements And Work Orders

Work orders are common when there’s a master services agreement. For example, the developer will do more then one app project in a year.

These master agreements are flexible. Because they allow either party to walk away with advance notice, for cause, etc.

And they’ll often renew for another term if there’s a good working relationship.

Of course, the underlying software development agreement will favor one party. If you hire the software lawyer to prepare the contract, it will favor you. Because terms and conditions make a difference.

Software Work Orders Versus Change Orders

It’s important to note that work orders are different than change orders.

  • A work order defines the original scope of work.
  • But a change order modifies that scope during the project.

Work Order Signatures

Of course, work orders (and change orders) should be in writing. And signed by authorized parties. Either on paper or electronically.

Now an experienced software attorney often prepares software development template work orders and change orders for client use.

Where To Get Software Development Work Orders

Are you a software developer? Or a business owner who retains them to develop applications?

Software Lawyer Mike Young can prepare a software development agreement that’s right for you. Plus software development work orders. And template change orders. Check out the Software Development Legal Protection Package to learn more now.


Software Maintenance Agreements: What You Need To Know

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Software Maintenance AgreementsFor software agreements, business owners think of development contracts and licensing. Yet software maintenance agreements play an important role.

Software application maintenance can be part of the original software development agreement. Or it can be a standalone contract. Either the developer or a third party agrees to update and maintain the application.

Beware Of The Disappearing Software Maintenance Provider

Of course, your agreement is only as good as the services provider.

For example, let’s say your business has an app developed by a small team in India. And the development agreement provided for one year of maintenance for a flat fee.

But if the team doesn’t respond to emails and other attempts to contact them, what are you going to do? You’ll need to find a replacement because you can’t enforce the maintenance agreement.

Scope of Work

Your software maintenance contract should define the scope of work. Will there be remote support? On-site support? Updates? Upgrades? How quickly will there be a response to a request for help?

And the related costs…

  • Will there be a flat fee?
  • Extra costs for working nights and weekends?
  • If support is on-site, will you pay for travel time?

Software Changes And Ownership

Intellectual property ownership is also a concern. A good app development agreement will make it clear what you own and what’s licensed.

Similarly, what if your provider modifies the application as part of maintenance? You’ll want to know the intellectual property rights you’re getting to the changes.

Where To Get Software Maintenance Agreements

Do you need a separate software maintenance agreement? Or maintenance provisions included in an app development contract?

An experienced software attorney can prepare the legalese to protect your rights. Set up a phone consultation now with Software Lawyer Mike Young to discuss what you need.

How To Modify A Software Development Agreement

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How To Modify A Software Development AgreementAmit wanted to modify a software development agreement to reflect requests his client had made to change the project’s scope of work (SOW).

Of course, Amit had told the client there would be more costs because of the extra work he’d have to do. And the client wanted a quick turnaround. So Amit charged a premium for working nights and weekends to meet the deadline.

Yet Amit never found the time to change the software contract to cover the new work and fees.

When the project ended, the client refused to pay for the extra work. It would have cost more for Amit to sue the client than the amount owed. And he didn’t have anything in writing to prove the client had agreed to pay more.

Now Amit could have avoided this problem.

Are you a software developer? Or do you own a business that outsources app development?

Then it makes sense to use an agreement that lets you easily revise the contract to reflect changes in the SOW.

Need help with your app development contract?

Or do you want to modify a software development agreement…but you don’t know how? It’s time to talk with Software Lawyer Mike Young. You’ll want to book a phone consultation today.

SaaS License Agreement Is Not The Same As A Downloadable App’s EULA

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SaaS License Agreement Not Downloadable EULATim decided to convert his downloadable application into a cloud-based software-as-a-service (SaaS) app. But Tim didn’t use a SaaS license agreement. Instead, he gave the same end user license agreement (EULA) he’d used for the downloadable version.

Related Article: Software Development Legal Protection

Unfortunately, the EULA didn’t protect Tim’s intellectual property rights in the new SaaS. So Tim ended up in court suing customers to protect his application.

“If you’re selling a software-as-a-service on a cloud-based platform, you should be using a SaaS license agreement to protect your legal rights.” – Software Attorney Mike Young

Related Article: Software Licensing Agreement – Legal Issues Involving Dishonesty

Tim should have retained an experienced software attorney. And converted the EULA into the SaaS license he needed.

Related Article: Can Your Software Licensor Compete Against You?

Are you selling software-as-a-service applications? Do you know what type of license you’re granting to customers?

If you need help, it’s time to talk with Software Lawyer Mike Young about your options.