The software development business

 

The computers and other information technology that you use would be useless without software. The programs that businesses and individuals use every day are the product of a well-developed industry.

From home-based programmers to large multinationals, the software development business is now more important than ever, as more of the world depends on networks and hardware systems to run every aspect of our daily lives.

The software development business, does, however, continue to be plagued with software counterfeiting and theft. It is illegal to copy any software that you have not paid for. Also, licence agreements have developed over time and should be looked at carefully before you use the software at home or in your business.

If you are in the software development business it is important to protect your work within all the appropriate laws. These laws mostly relate to asserting your intellectual property rights and protection is done with a software licence. These documents can be highly complex and as they form the contract between seller and buyer, you should use a contract solicitor to help you create new software licences.

The software development business is also now more active than ever fighting illegal copying and distribution of their products. If you are caught illegally copying or distributing software you could be prosecuted under intellectual property laws. You must have qualified legal representation if this happens, as your case will most likely come before a court. Your solicitor can speak for you, and also contact the software’s owners to negotiate your case.

With intellectual property now forming a large part of today’s economies, companies in the software development business will always prosecute anyone that they think is stealing their products, none more so than in the video games industry where a single game can be worth millions of pounds to the software development business that created it. In these disputes legal support is vitally important.

If you would like to obtain legal advice about software development law, Caven can put you in touch with a local specialist contract solicitor free of charge. So, if you have any questions or would like our help in finding local contract solicitors please call us on 08001 221 2299 or complete the web-form above.

 

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