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Software Licensing Handbook

The Software Licensing Handbook is the must-have reference guide whenever you buy or sell software.

Purchasing a computer or software in the last 30 years has inevitably brought you face to face with a software license.  Whether you realize it or not, that license governs your use of the software and even how you could sell that computer or software later in its life.  As an individual, software controls your computer, your appliances, even your vehicle.  Businesses of all sizes use software to make their products or bill their customers.  And of course, software creators develop new software applications every day and need to know how to protect their rights. Software is only getting more pervasive and the ability to successfully negotiate a software license is no longer the sole realm of the large corporate buyer or seller.

It comes as no surprise, then, that the license will be of key importance as software pervasiveness grows.  Unlike other guides, the Software Licensing Handbook was designed to lead you through the twists and turns of the language found in almost all software, maintenance and professional services contracts. Written with the novice negotiator in mind, yet detailed to help even the most seasoned professional maximize each experience through plain English explanations of standard contract wording, the Software Licensing Handbook enables anyone to understand what they are reading.

Buy the Software Licensing Handbook now to reduce your risk and add value your bottom line!

But let’s be honest.  At $115, the Software Licensing Handbook isn’t for absolutely everyone.  It’s an investment in your future licensing deals.  Here are a few recent success stories as a result of using the information in this book:

  • Actual cost savings of $325,000 on a single maintenance renegotiation
  • Modification of indemnification language to protect against IP lawsuits (remember that a single violation of copyright alone is $250,000/copy + 5 years in prison)
  • Adjustments made to limitation of liability language allowed for twice the amount of recovery otherwise offered
  • 30% license fee reduction across all spend on software for a single year

Of course I can’t promise identical results – deals are different for everyone.  But if you are able to gain even a small fraction of the savings realized by some of these clients, the Software Licensing Handbook will have returned its value to you many times over.

Chapter List:

IP and Contracting Basics
License Provisions
General Terms
Services Provisions
Maintenance and Support Provisions
Clickthrough/Shrinkwrap Licenses
Open Source Software
Misc Provisions/Issues
ASP/SaaS-specific Issues
RFx Process
Negotiation
Software Licensing Models
Contract Management
Contract Metrics and Reporting
Appendices
Glossary

OK.  Still not convinced?  Don’t just take it from me.  Read what some of the industry’s other software licensing experts have to say about the Software Licensing Handbook:

H. Ward Classen, author of Software Licensing for Licensees and Licensors

Rick Chapman; Soft•Letter Volume 23, #2

Craig Wilson; Wisconsin Lawyer Magazine Volume 80, #10


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