Many business owners mistakenly believe that software development projects are coded from scratch. In fact, that’s rarely the case.
Thanks to third-party licensed code (e.g. open source) and even public domain code, developers borrow existing code, tweak it, and with some custom coding are able to deliver many projects without starting from a clean slate.
Although though this can be a win-win from a time and money perspective, from a legal standpoint it can end up being a nightmare for both developer and client.
Because ownership and licensing rights are not clearly defined so that developer knows what he’s selling and the buyer knows what is being purchased.
To avoid this issue and related lawsuits, it makes sense to use a written software development agreement that identifies owners, licensors, and licensees. Plus, their respective legal rights and responsibilities.
Do you need help with a software development contract? It’s probably time to schedule a phone consult with Software Lawyer Mike Young.