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How to write my Software Development Contract document

COMPUTER SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT AGREEMENT THIS AGREEMENT is made this current day day of current month current year by and between company name Developers and company name Customer Recitals A. Developers have experience and expertise in the development of Computer Software Software B. Customer desires to have Developers develop Software for them. C. Developers desire to develop Customers Software on the terms and conditions set forth in Exhibit attached hereto the Specifications Definitions Deliverables shall mean the Software provided in object and or source format as set forth in the Specifications and subject to Developers Proprietary Rights documentation or other materials required to be delivered by Developers to Customer as set forth in the Specifications.

Critical Deliverables shall mean Deliverables that have Milestone date as outlined in the Specifications that must be transmitted to Customer on or before specific date. Source Code shall mean the readable forms together with make and build files. Beta shall mean any and all Deliverables provided to Customer prior to the Launch Date. Final shall mean any and all Deliverables provided to Customer that are in accordance with the Specifications and accepted by Customer as completion of particular Deliverable. Launch Date shall mean the date that the Product is first available for use by the public. Software shall mean the computer software program described in the Specifications that is to be developed by Developers including all Enhancements made under this Agreement. Product shall mean software for computer or an end user.

Schedule shall mean the schedule for completion of the Deliverables as set forth in the Specifications. Delivery shall mean transmitted by Developers to Customers electronically and in accordance with security measures agreed upon by both parties in accordance with the Specifications. Services shall mean any training customization enhancement or other labor performed by Developers as required by the Specifications. Error shall mean malfunctions or defect within the Software or Deliverable that prevents it from conforming to the Specifications. Internet shall mean any system for distributing digital or electronic information to end users via transmission broadcast or any other form of delivery whether direct or indirect known or subsequently developed. Specifications shall mean the specifications for the Product and Services as detailed and attached to this Agreement as Exhibit that includes detailed specifications and instructions for all required Deliverables features and functionality and complete production schedule for each Deliverable and Milestone. Term shall mean the period of time commencing on the Effective Date of this Agreement and continuing indefinitely until this Agreement is terminated. User Interface shall mean all navigational devices menus menu structures or arrangements icons visual mechanisms metaphors or help and other operational instructions and all other components of any source or object computer code that comprises the Software.

Web shall mean the World Wide Web containing pages written in hypertext markup language HTML and or any similar successor technology. Web Page shall mean document that may be viewed in its entirety on the Web. Web Site shall mean collection of inter related Web pages or documents accessible through Web page browser interface or any other similar successor technology. Developers Proprietary Material shall mean all intellectual property rights in any text images or other components and or materials owned by Developers or which Developers have the legal right to use that are delivered to Customer including but not limited to software related documentation source code scripts object code logos graphics or tag lines. Customers Proprietary Material shall mean all intellectual property rights in any text images or other components and or materials owned by Customer or which Customer has the legal right to use that are delivered to Developers including but not limited to software related documentation Customer marketing material logos graphics or tag lines. Developer Code shall mean all Developers Proprietary Material or software Source Code existing as of the date of this Agreement that is to be incorporated into the Source Code of the Product. The license terms for Developer Code will be stated in the Specifications. Documentation shall mean all user guides reference integration installation or implementation manuals that describe in detail the operation of the Software that is normally provided by Developer as part of its deliveries to its customers. Development Activities shall mean any activities undertaken by Developer in the development of the Software and Documentation satisfying the Specifications pursuant to this Agreement.

Enhancements shall mean error corrections bug fixes modifications and updates not included in the Specifications with respect to the Software. Milestone shall mean each development or Deliverable reached by Developers and agreed upon in writing between Developers and Customer. Milestone Payment shall mean payment obligation related to the achievement and acceptance of particular Milestone. Acceptance shall mean completion of Deliverable that conforms to the Specifications and is mutually agreed upon in writing by both Developers and Customer. Agreements

In consideration of the mutual covenants set forth in this Agreement Customer and Developers hereby agree as follows. 1. Development of Software. Developers agree to installation management documentation and development of the Software and Software based operations according to the compensation terms listed on Exhibit attached hereto. 2. Specifications. Developers agree to develop the Software pursuant to the Specifications set forth in Exhibit attached hereto the Specifications 3. Delivery Dates and Milestones.

Developers will use reasonable diligence in the development of the Software and endeavor to deliver to Customer operational Software no later than delivery date. Customer acknowledges however that this delivery deadline and the other payment milestones listed in Exhibit are estimates and are not required delivery dates unless otherwise noted in the Specifications. Deliverables defined as Critical Deliverables shall be outlined in Exhibit and shall contain the delivery date and terms of delivery of the Critical Deliverable. Developers will be retaining the Source Code for the Software and providing Customer with the output formats only. The output is to be used only within the scope of the Software as outlined in Exhibit and does not include the following. replication duplication or otherwise copying the Software in any form not authorized by Developers creating new Software based on the code its functions or other Proprietary Rights as outlined in Paragraph sale or distribution of the code in any form or any relinquishment of copyright by Developers in any way. 4. Ownership Rights. Except for Customers Proprietary Material defined below contained in the Software Developers shall hold all right title and interest in and to the Software. Specifically but without limitation Developer shall hold all right title and interest in and to all text graphics animation audio components and digital components of the Software the Content all interfaces navigational devices menus menu structures or arrangements icons help and other operational instructions and all other components of any source or object computer code that comprises the Software all literal and nonliteral expressions of ideas that operate cause create direct manipulate access or otherwise affect the Content and all copyrights patents trade secrets and other intellectual or industrial property rights in the Software or any component or characteristic thereof. Customer shall not do anything that may infringe upon or in any way undermine Developers right title and interest in the Software as described in this Paragraph 4. Notwithstanding the above Customer shall retain and Developer shall have no Proprietary Rights whatsoever in all of Customers intellectual property rights in any and all text images or other components and or materials owned by Customer or which Customer has the legal right to use that are delivered to Developers including but not limited to software related documentation Customer marketing material logos and tag lines Customers Proprietary Material Developers agree that it shall not use Customers Proprietary Material for any other purpose than those expressly set forth in this Agreement. 5. Software Development. Software Development and Services described here are provided for Linux Windows Macintosh Sun Solaris UNIX systems only unless otherwise specified. Unless otherwise agreed upon by Developers and Customer any modifications required to the Software code or other component related to its operation that are result of third party changes to resources required by the Software shall be considered ADDITIONAL and will fall outside of the Specifications. Third party modifications may include but are not limited to. patches fixes security flaws errors updates upgrades or any other changes to third party operating systems plug ins or any required resources not created by Developers.

6. Specific Enhancements. Developers and Customer acknowledge that at some time during the Term of this Agreement that enhancements to the Software may be proposed by either Developer or Customer which fall outside of the scope of the Specifications. Upon such proposal Developers shall confer in good faith with Customer concerning the feasibility of developing such enhancements and the time frame for developing testing and incorporating such enhancements. Developers and Customer shall mutually agree in writing as to whether Developers shall pursue the development of such enhancements and if so which party will fund such development. The Specifications will be amended to include such enhancements. 7. Backups and Redundancies for Development. Developers will maintain off site storage of all stages of the Source Code and other backup media related to this Agreement to ensure Software integrity and protection and will be responsible for setting up daily procedure for backing up all data. Developers agree to update all backups of code on daily basis unless otherwise agreed upon in the Specifications. Backups will be maintained for one year from the acceptance date of the project. 8. Acceptance. The terms and conditions contained in this Section will apply to the initial release of the Software as well as to subsequent release upgrades enhancements or any other version thereof. Customer shall evaluate any beta or final version of each Deliverable and shall submit an acceptance or rejection to Developers within days days after Customers receipt of an agreed upon transmission of each Deliverable. 9. Testing and Quality Assurance. Developers agree to thoroughly test the Software Product including without limitation each and every release version and enhancement thereof as appropriate under the circumstances at all appropriate stages of development and shall document its testing by written test documents delivered to Customer. Developers will submit its test plans to Customer so as to ensure that Customers standards of quality are maintained and Developers agree to subsequently modify the test plans to accommodate Customers requests if Customer reasonably deems necessary. Quality Assurance or test documentation shall include detailed descriptions of the tests conducted their results and any outstanding or unresolved issues. Developers will not deploy the Product Software or any enhancement thereof unless Customer and Developers agree upon such action in writing. 10. Adherence to Schedule.

If Developers fail transmission of any Critical Deliverable within the dates specified in the Schedule or fail to meet Milestone as defined in the Specifications then Breach of Agreement Breach shall be considered to have occurred. Customer may. amend the Schedule to include correction period; or suspend the Schedule until the problem is corrected at the sole expense of Developers subject to Customers reasonable satisfaction; or terminate this Agreement. Delivery of all Deliverables not defined in the Specifications as Critical Deliverables shall be considered estimates and delivery shall not be subject to Breach. Developers shall not be held responsible for any delays due to. milestones missed by Customer delays due to Customer Deliverables delays due to transmission equipment failure strikes riots disasters or other natural occurrences. 11. Support Services. Developers will be available to respond to Customers questions about Software and Software problems. Developers will staff help desk with combination of phone and email support services from 9. am to 5. pm Monday through Friday time zone. Developers will be responsible for maintaining an ongoing log of support requests actions taken and track user support requests to completion. 12. Compensation. For all of Developers services under this Agreement Customer shall compensate Developers in cash pursuant to the terms of Exhibit attached hereto. In the event Customer fails to make any of the payments referenced in Exhibit by the deadline set forth in Exhibit Developers have the right but are not obligated to pursue any or all of the following remedies. terminate the Agreement remove equipment owned by Developers whether leased to Customer by Developers or not and any Developers Personnel or Staff from Customer location bring legal action or Customer may suspend development of the Software and is responsible for any schedule changes required and additional financial impact.

How do you write a Exhibit C (Developer Materials) document? (alternate or related contract document)

EXHIBIT C DEVELOPER OWNED MATERIALS The following is list of pre existing materials owned by Developer which will be used in the project. A. Describe each item to be included in the project owned by the Developer THIRD PARTY OWNED MATERIALS The following is list of pre existing materials owned by third parties which will be used in the project. K. Describe each item to be included in the project owned by the third party

Writing the Software Problem Report document (alternate or related contract document)

SOFTWARE PROBLEM REPORT If you think you have encountered problem in our product. confirm that you have the latest version of the product you are reporting on; and complete the following form. Reported By signator authorized signature or signer. Date. Phone. Email. Software Version Environment Operating System Y N. Windows Release Y N. Macintosh Release Y N. Linux Release Other. Problem Description Please describe the problem in as much detail as possible. Make note of any behaviors you observe whether you can reproduce the problem and any observations of system behavior slowdown or other events taking place prior to the instance of the problem encountered.

Describe any specific actions you were performing prior to the problem. Frequency Y N. Problem occurs each time Y N. Problem occurs occasionally performing specific action Describe action. Y N. Problem occurs randomly Reproduction Y N. Problem can be reproduced Y N. Problem cannot be reproduced Describe any specific steps or actions to take to reproduce the problem.

Severity Y N. Does not affect usability Y N. Minor requires some extra work to get around Y N. Major requires significant extra work to get around Y N. Critical software is unusable in current state Additional Comments Developer Assigned To

Developer Notes Resolution

Writing the Contract Milestone Acceptance Signoff Form document (alternate or related contract document)

company name Milestone Acceptance Signoff address address city state or province zip or postal code Phone phone number DATE. current date

Order WorkOrder Client. company name city state or province zip or postal code Phone phone number For. General Description of Project Deliverable Please initial the following sections which detail the project deliverable contracted between company name and company name and sign the Acceptance of Agreement at the bottom of this page.

Initials Description of Completed Milestone Acceptance of Milestone Insert Milestone number here Milestone description here ACCEPTANCE OF AGREEMENT. I certify that have received the above project deliverable from company name and that the deliverable listed above has been demonstrated delivered or otherwise completed to my satisfaction. Clients signature

How to write my Software Reviewers Contract document (alternate or related contract document)

company name REVIEWERS AGREEMENT Please review and sign the following reviewers Agreement if you are interested in receiving fully functional review copy of our software. You must read and agree to the following Terms and Conditions. Declarations THIS AGREEMENT is made this current day day of current month current year by and between contract first name contract last name Reviewer and company name Company I Reviewer do hereby declare that have read understand and agree to the following terms conditions and agreements. 1 agree and understand this may not be full and final release version of the software and that this product is strictly for the purpose of testing reviewing and evaluating the Insert the Product Name to be Reviewed software.

2 agree not to use this product for Commercial Purposes and understand that it is for review and testing purposes only. 3 agree that any comments statements testimonials reviews and or editorials make whether made directly to Company or in public forum may be used by Company for promotional purposes. 4 agree not to distribute the software or make it available in any format to any other party whatsoever. This includes but is not limited to multiple installations installing it on another team members developer employee or other third partys computer. This Agreement is for SINGLE user SINGLE installation license. Terms and Conditions 1. Software. Company shall provide Reviewer with copy of the software registration key documentation and any necessary passwords required to fully operate the software. Reviewer is granted single user copy of the software and may only install and use the software at their single location. 2. Support. Company will endeavor and make every effort to respond to Reviewers questions.

3. Confidentiality. Reviewer and Company acknowledge and agree that the software and all other documents and information related to the development of the software or third party materials transmitted or made available to the Reviewer in connection with this Agreement will constitute valuable trade secrets of Company. Reviewer shall keep the Confidential Information in confidence and shall not at any time during or after the term of this Agreement without the prior written consent of Company disclose or otherwise make available to anyone either directly or indirectly all or any part of the Confidential Information. 4. Limited Warranty and Limitation on Damages. Company warrants the software will conform to the specifications listed in the product documentation the Company web site or other collateral related to the software. This warranty shall be the exclusive warranty available to the Reviewer. Reviewer waives any other warranty express or implied. Reviewer acknowledges that Company does not warrant that the software will work on all platforms unless specific platform is set forth in writing by the company. Reviewer acknowledges that Company is not responsible for the results obtained by Reviewer when using the software. Reviewer acknowledges that Company is not responsible for fixing problems in the software during the term of this Agreement. Except as otherwise expressly stated herein Reviewer waives any claim for damages direct or indirect and agrees that its sole and exclusive remedy for damages either in contract or tort is limited to the amount of any compensation received from Company. 5. General Provisions.

5 Entire Agreement. This Agreement contains the entire Agreement between the parties relating to the subject matter hereof and supersedes any and all prior agreements or understandings written or oral between the parties related to the subject matter hereof. No modification of this Agreement shall be valid unless made in writing and signed by all of the parties hereto. 5 Governing Law. This Agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of state or province. Exclusive jurisdiction and venue shall be in the county County state or province Superior Court. 5 Binding Effect. This Agreement shall be binding upon and inure to the benefit of Reviewer and Company and their respective successors and assigns provided that Company shall not assign any of their obligations under this Agreement without Reviewers prior written consent.

5 Waiver. The waiver by either party of any breach or failure to enforce any of the terms and conditions of this Agreement at any time shall not in any way affect limit or waive such partys right thereafter to enforce and compel strict compliance with every term and condition of this Agreement. 5 Good Faith. Each party represents and warrants to the other that such party has acted in good faith and agrees to continue to so act in the negotiation execution delivery performance and any termination of this Agreement. 5 No Right to Assign. Reviewer has no right to assign sell modify or otherwise alter the software except upon the express written advance approval of Company which consent can be withheld for any reason.

5 Right to Remove Software. Company reserves the right to revoke all rights and access to the software web site or any other material made available to Reviewer during the terms of this Agreement at any time and without notice. 5 Use of Comments and Testimonial for Promotional Purposes. Reviewer grants Company the right to use any and all comments reviews testimonials and other material prepared by the reviewer for promotional purposes and or to cross link it with other marketing venues developed by Company. 5 Attorneys Fees. In the event any party to this Agreement employs an attorney to enforce any of the terms of the Agreement the prevailing party shall be entitled to recover its actual reasonable attorneys fees and reasonable associated costs including expert witness fees.

Each party represents and warrants that on the date first written above they are authorized to enter into this Agreement in entirety and duly bind their respective principals by their signature below. EXECUTED as of the date first written above. company name By signator authorized signature or signer. Job title of signator authorized signature or signer. Date when the contact was signed contract first name contract last name

By signator authorized signature or signer. Job title of signator authorized signature or signer. Date when the contact was signed Company Initials Reviewer Initials

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