Software Licensing and Legalities

by Philip V. DiVietro, Managing Editior; Civil Engineering Magazine, ASCE, New York, NY 10017,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1986, Vol. 56, Issue 5, Pg. 52-53

Document Type: Feature article


Based on interviews with software vendors, users and attorneys specializing in software litigation, the article offers viewpoints and advice on software licensing and legalities. It covers the clauses in a software contract that are favored by both bendor and consumer including the acceptance test, source code, warranty, patents and copyrights. Offers some advice on how to negotiate a contract. Ownership and use are also covered.

Subject Headings: Computer software | Licensure and certification | Legal affairs | Contracts | Litigation | Standards and codes

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