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#1 Nick123   Members   -  Reputation: 142

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Posted 07 May 2009 - 03:53 AM

Hi, Is there any software license sample I could use for my software? Or should I get a lawyer to write one up? Thanks

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#2 stanirya   Members   -  Reputation: 771

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Posted 07 May 2009 - 04:17 AM

Getting a lawyer to draft you one based on what you want in it is the safest bet. As a professional, a lawyer will take care of the license/contract abiding by all pertinent laws and regulations.

#3 Tom Sloper   Moderators   -  Reputation: 10159

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Posted 07 May 2009 - 06:23 AM

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Is there any software license sample I could use

Yes, lots. Just look at any software package. I assume you're talking about EULA's.
But yeah, a lawyer should take that as a starting point only, and modify it according to your particular wishes and needs.

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#4 Nick123   Members   -  Reputation: 142

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Posted 08 May 2009 - 03:40 PM

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Is there any software license sample I could use

Yes, lots. Just look at any software package. I assume you're talking about EULA's.
But yeah, a lawyer should take that as a starting point only, and modify it according to your particular wishes and needs.

Is it okay to rewrite the license of other software packages?

#5 stanirya   Members   -  Reputation: 771

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Posted 08 May 2009 - 04:20 PM

Technically they still fall under copyright. But the provisions they contain are mostly very similar, so you should be able to get away with some creative borrowing. Just make sure that you really understand what you're writing - not always easy with legalese. I'd be careful when adopting any jurisdiction / arbitration clauses, too.

On the other hand, "if you can't afford a lawyer, you can't afford to be in this business" is a phrase that comes up pretty often around here. So at least get a lawyer to look over what you came up with.

#6 Tom Sloper   Moderators   -  Reputation: 10159

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Posted 09 May 2009 - 04:48 AM

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Is it okay to rewrite the license of other software packages?

Yes.

-- Tom Sloper
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www.sloperama.com

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