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Free software development agreement

Software development contracts can be both legally and factually complex, and it is almost always a good idea to set out the basis upon which the software is being developed in a written contract.

This document is equivalent to our basic software development agreement. The only difference is that this document includes a section crediting/attributing the template to us. Please use the basic document if you want to remove that section.

The agreement assumes that rights in the software will be assigned to the customer, rather than licensed, although third party materials included with the software may be carved-out from the assignment.

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Free software development agreement contents

  1. Definitions: definitions.
  2. Credit: docular credit; free documents licensing warning.
  3. Term: commencement of term; end of term: indefinite, or software delivered, services completed and payment made.
  4. Development Services: obligation to provide development services; timetable for software development and delivery; delays in development services consequent upon second party delays; software development coding standards; keep second party informed of development services progress; availability of software to second party during development.
  5. Assignment: assignment of IPR on delivery with full title guarantee option; assignment of owned IPR in software on delivery; assignment for full term of rights; assignment includes right to claim for past infringements.
  6. Third Party Materials: licensing of third party materials (software).
  7. Customer
    general second party obligations.
  8. Charges: obligation to pay charges; time-base charges limitations; amounts inclusive or exclusive of VAT; variation of charges.
  9. Payments: issue of invoices; time for payment of charges following invoice; payment methods; interest on late payments; interest on late payments.
  10. Warranties: first party general warranties; software licence warranties; warranty of legality of software and documentation; software and documentation IPR infringement warranty; breach of software infringement warranty; second party warranty of authority; exclusion of implied warranties and representations.
  11. Limitations and exclusions of liability: caveats to limits of liability; interpretation of limits of liability; no liability for force majeure; no liability for loss of profits; no liability for loss of revenue; no liability for loss of use; no liability for loss of opportunities; no liability for loss of data; no liability for consequential loss; per event liability cap upon services contract; aggregate liability cap upon services contract.
  12. Force Majeure Event: obligations suspended for force majeure; force majeure notification and information; mitigation of effects of force majeure.
  13. Termination: termination without cause by first party; termination without cause by second party; termination upon breach; termination upon insolvency; termination upon non-payment.
  14. Effects of termination: surviving provisions upon termination; termination does not affect accrued rights; charges on termination of contract.
  15. Further assurance: further assurance (intellectual property); assistance with registration of intellectual property rights; assistance with proceedings relating to assigned intellectual property.
  16. Notices: methods and deemed receipt of contractual notices; contact details for contractual notices; substitute contact details for notices.
  17. Subcontracting: no subcontracting without consent; subcontracting permitted; first party responsible for subcontracted obligations.
  18. General: no waiver; severability; variation written and signed; no assignment without written consent; no third party rights; entire agreement; governing law; exclusive jurisdiction.
  19. Interpretation: statutory references; section headings not affecting interpretation; calendar month meaning; no ejusdem generis.


  1. Specification of Software: specification of software prompt.
  2. Third Party Materials: prompt for identification of third party materials.
  3. Timetable: timetable prompt.
  4. Financial provisions: financial provisions prompt.