SaaS is the abbreviation for “software as a service”. You may know this under another name, for example subscription agreement, software on demand, software subscription agreement, cloud computing or ASP services (application service provider). These names all refer to the same thing – software being made available via the Internet to users.Continue reading
When negotiating a SaaS agreement you will come across the term intellectual property, IPR or intellectual property rights. It is important to protect your IPRs in the SaaS agreement to prevent any transfer of ownership in your IPRs and to limit the use of your IPRs by a SaaS customer.Continue reading
SaaS suppliers must protect themselves in their SaaS agreement against a third party claiming compensation for breaches of their rights as a result of customers uploading illegal content onto the supplier hosted website. Service Providers and ISPs SaaS suppliers are service providers not internet service providers (ISP)s. SaaS suppliers publishContinue reading
What confidentiality provisions need to be included in a SaaS agreement?Define Confidential Information.
Parties will obtain and have access to the business critical information of each other as a result of entering into a SaaS Agreement. For example, they may have access to customer lists, banking information, IPR, source code and object code or business secrets and processes. Confidential information should be defined in the SaaS agreement to make clear what is, and what is not, confidential. Do not simply refer to documents which are “marked as confidential” or “which should be treated as confidential”. Not all confidential information exists in a physical format, particularly in a SaaS scenario – so do not restrict your definition to just documents.
What data security provisions need to be included in a SaaS agreement? Customer’s Security Obligations – These should be set out in the software licence. Access to the software and services should not be permitted to third parties without prior authorisation from the supplier. The customer should provide the following warranties:
– existence of adequate security measure to ensure access to the software and services does not breach the terms of the SaaS agreement
The software licence to be included in a SaaS agreement is very different from the standard software licence found in non-SaaS agreements for the following reasons. Access to the software is provided together with support and maintenance services. Without support and maintenance there can be no licence and vice versa. This is because the customer has no copy (physical or intangible) of the source code or object code. The software is installed on the supplier’s server and accessed by the customer via the Internet.Continue reading
The following legal issues should be included in any ASP or SaaS agreement, whether you are a SaaS supplier or a SaaS customer.Continue reading