Software development agreement

This software development agreement has been developed with ease of use in mind. Under this agreement, the developer agrees to create certain software for the customer and to transfer the intellectual property rights in that software to the customer. The customer agrees to pay the developer.

If the developer will retain rights in elements of the software and grant a licence to the customer in respect of those elements, then you should instead consider our premium software development agreement.

If you are starting a new software development business or need a range of software-related legal documents, see our software developer packs.

*On Website Contracts you can purchase a licence to use this software development agreement without the credit/attribution text.

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More about this agreement

This is a free agreement, and relatively straightforward. However, it still covers the key matters in a little detail.

With reference to the development process, the agreement provides that customer must cooperate with the developer while the developer must keep the customer informed of progress. The developer undertakes to ensure that the source code for the software is written to a professional standard and in accordance with any coding standards documents agreed by the parties. The developer also undertakes to deliver the software in accordance with any timetable set out in the agreement.

All intellectual property rights in the software are to be assigned to the customer, excepting only those rights in third party works that are incorporated into the software. If you are looking for a software development agreement that provides for the retention of rights in framework software by the developer, see our premium software development agreement.

Charges may be based on an agreed fee or an hourly or daily rate.

Short-form boilerplate clauses are included, covering warranties, liability, termination, further assurance and other relevant matters.

Alternative software development contracts

In addition to this free document, we publish a range of software development-related legal agreement templates. These are published on both Website Contracts, which supplies downloadable MS Word templates, and on Docular, which incorporates an online editor and allows for downloads in a variety of formats.

Title Description Get the document on…
Assignment of rights in software A document covering one thing only: the transfer of rights in software. Get on Website Contracts Get on Docular
Software development agreement (basic) The paid equivalent to this free agreement, omitting the attribution text. Get on Website Contracts Get on Docular
Software development and maintenance agreement (basic) A relatively simply agreement covering both development and maintenance. Get on Website Contracts Get on Docular
Software development agreement (standard) A software development agreement that balances flexibility and simplicity. Get on Website Contracts Get on Docular
Software development and maintenance agreement (standard) The standard development agreement, plus maintenance provisions. Get on Website Contracts Get on Docular
Software development agreement (premium) A detailed and very flexible software development document. Get on Website Contracts Get on Docular
Software development and maintenance agreement (premium) The premium document, plus maintenance provisions.  Get on Website Contracts Get on Docular

Both Website Contracts and Docular also feature a range of web design and development agreements.

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