Thousands of applications are being released on different app stores every single day. Are you currently working on an innovative software you’d like to show to the world very soon? If that’s the case, have you thought about the legal aspects of releasing your new app (yes, I’m talking about those documents everyone agrees to without really reading them, but that are very necessary). Don’t know what I’m talking about? Here are 3 must-have legal documents for your new application or software.
Of course, please take this as legal information and not legal advice. If you have any questions regarding the legal aspects of creating an app or new software, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
#1 Terms and conditions
Terms and conditions set the ground rules for the use of your software/app and the website on which they will find your software. These terms allow you to limit your liability, set criteria for the termination of certain accounts (following abusive behaviors, for instance), select the governing law and dispute resolution options, and more. They will also allow you to inform users of their rights and obligations.
#3 End user licensing agreement
An end user licensing agreement (more commonly called the EULA) is the contract that allows your users to use your intellectual property (in this case, your software or app), while still retaining it. This is the document where you’ll usually tell your users what they can’t do with your app (reverse engineering it, for instance) and where you’ll want to delimit the scope of the app’s use. If you plan on putting your app on a mobile store such as the iOS App Store, you will be provided with a standard EULA if you don’t have your own, but I do suggest getting a customized EULA as mobile store’s EULAs do not cover everything and are not necessarily adapted to the particularities of your software.
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