Software licence

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What's a software licence, and when do you need it?

Use this template to licence your software code to someone else in a way that enables you to control the way they use it and without any risk to your rights of ownership. Software is typically copyright protected. There may also be other kinds of intellectual property (IP) protection that you want to consider protecting at the same time.

You’ll need to think about what permissions you want to grant within this licence. For example, are you going to make the permission to use your software exclusive? Where are you giving permission for the software to be used – do you want to set territorial boundaries or other restrictions, such as not using the software for particular applications or with particular customer groups?

What will your licensee pay you and how will they do so? What kind of set-up, testing, back-up copy, maintenance or upgrade arrangements will you agree to put in place? Will you be giving warranties about the software and how will you restrict your liability if something goes wrong, especially if the customer does not install or handle your software as you’ve instructed?

Our template will guide you through all the considerations and help you to draft something clear.