With intellectual property rights assuming greater importance in today s world and licensing issues and developments constantly evolving, this book is an essential resource for lawyers who need to understand software licensing. The sixth edition examines the fundamental issues that both licensors and licensees confront in the negotiation of a software license and, where appropriate, looks at relevant ancillary issues such as software development, cloud computing, professional services, and maintenance and support. It primarily focuses on non-mass market agreements, since most retail or mass market off-the-shelf software is governed by non-negotiable shrink-wrap, browse-wrap, and click-wrap licenses. Nonetheless, the principles of software licensing are the same for shrink-wrap, browse-wrap, click-wrap, and custom-developed software. Written in practical, easy-to-understand language, this book is cross-referenced to a model agreement. It is written from the perspective of both the licensor and the licensee and includes model forms with alternative clauses to fit many perspectives. New to this edition, an online website will accompany the book that includes customizable and easy-to-use forms and agreements. The sixth edition includes new chapters on: Types of Licenses (New Chapter) Software Development Agreements (New Chapter) Software Development Kits and Application Program Interfaces (New Chapter) 16 New Forms Accompanying Online Website with Model Forms and Agreements"
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Customers in the new millennium increasingly expect on-time delivery of high-quality software products for their needs. This focus on quality requires industries and organizations to define a reliable software development infrastructure conducive to consistently producing quality software. Only through a pragmatic software-quality strategy will companies be able to remain competitive and focused. "A Practical Approach to Software Quality" offers a comprehensive introduction to software quality and useful guidance on implementing a dependable quality system within an industry or organization. Written from a practitioners viewpoint, the book explains the principles of software quality management and software process improvement. It reconciles theory with practice, supporting the fundamentals with description of current approaches of software engineers to build quality into software. Chapters address software inspections and testing, the ISO 9000 standard and the SPICE standard, the Capability Maturity Model, metrics and problem solving, and formal methods and design. Topics and features: * Inclusive presentation of central issues in software quality management * Provides in-depth material on using assessments to assist with organizational improvements; includes CMM, SPICE, and ISO 9000: 2000 * Detailed coverage of software process improvement * Broad discussion of software inspections and testing, including testing in an E-commerce environment * Presents software usability and usability standards (ISO 9241 and ISO 13407), as well as the SUMI methodology for assessing usability * Describes adaptable organization metrics and how the Balanced scorecard and GQM can assist organizations in identifying the right metrics With its accessible and concise style, and emphasis on the practical aspects of software-quality enhancement, this new book is an excellent resource for learning about the subject and its impact on organizations. Software engineering practitioners and professionals will find the book an essential tool, as will researchers and students seeking an introduction to the field.
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