…and you are far better off knowing the laws as it applies to IT about copyright, trademarks, domain names, software patents, trade secrets, NDA’s, NCA’s, open source licenses, consulting agreements, SLA’s, beta test agreements, EULA’s, SaaS TOS, commercial distribution agreements, privacy, digital content agreements, videogame publishing agreements, foreign distribution agreements, and what happens if you try to sell your encryption software to a Denied Person.
Oh my aching head!
Fortunately, Gene Landy has summarized all the above and more into language understandable by people not attorney’s, added 38 juicy contracts and forms and authored a book you need, now: “The IT / Digital Legal Companion: A Comprehensive Business Guide to Software, IT, Internet, Media and IP Law”.
I’ve been reading up on Software as a Service, chapter 13, and in 24 pages Gene did an excellent job of summarizing what you need to know about SaaS from a legal point of view. This book, published in June, is very up to date, logically organized and includes the seasoned judgment of a practicing IT attorney.
Now the Legal Companion is not a light read in any sense of the word: at 1,204 pages and 2.5 inches thick; you are not going to whip through this before lunch. But if want a good EULA, a software consulting agreement that favors you for a change or want to understand open source duel licensing or any other legal topic you’re likely to run across as a developer, startup or microISV, you need this book.

3 Comments

  1. This looks like a great reference. I have any old business law book I’ve been using but it’s so old it doesn’t have the word software in it at all, let alone open source. Good find.

  2. Thank you very much for this link – just got this book from amazon. Its huge (:-). 1209 pages.
    It comes with a password to web site with documents – so no disk inside.

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