The Software Developer's and Marketer's Legal Companion; Protect Your Software and Your Software Bus

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A guide to the basic software law that software businesses need to know: software copyright law, trade secret law, trademark law, patent law, liability issues, and software distribution in foreign markets. Eight chapters cover the common types of software contracts. The volume contains complete software copyright registration instructions (and a tear-out US copyright registration form). The included 5.25" disk contains 21 forms for letters, agreements, and checklists. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780201622768
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley
  • Publication date: 8/1/1993
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 560
  • Product dimensions: 7.41 (w) x 9.14 (h) x 1.21 (d)

Table of Contents

A Note from the Author
Preface: Using this Legal Companion
Ch. 1 Software Copyright Law 1
Ch. 2 Software Trade Secrets and Confidentiality Agreements 45
Ch. 3 Employee Non-Competition Agreements and Other Employee Issues 69
Ch. 4 Introduction to Commercial Software Negotiations 79
Ch. 5 Beta Test Agreements 91
Ch. 6 Software Evaluation Agreements 97
Ch. 7 Software Assignments 103
Ch. 8 Software Development Agreements 107
Ch. 9 Software Publishing Agreements 125
Ch. 10 Distribution Arrangements and Dealer Agreements 141
Ch. 11 Shrink-Wrap Licenses and Warranties 165
Ch. 12 End-User Agreements 181
Ch. 13 Software Liability Issues 209
Ch. 14 Protecting Your Trademarks 221
Ch. 15 Software Patents 247
Ch. 16 International Software Distribution 265
Ch. 17 A Strategy for Intellectual Property and Contract Management 279
Ch. 18 When You Need a Software Lawyer 287
Appendix A Registering Your Software Copyright and Recording a License Agreement or a Transfer of Ownership Rights 291
Appendix B Glossary of Legal Terms 317
Appendix C Appendix of Forms 327
Appendix D Software Business and Intellectual Property Resources 525
Index 531
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