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Doug Nebeker ("Doug")
Does it make sense to establish a partnership that shares the source code?
My mISV develops tools and we sell it afterwards.
These days I consider to start a new partnership with another mISV. We'll develop and sell a new tool together. This new tool will be based on one of my current tools.
The IP of the new tool will be mine, but still I have doubts if that makes sense to share the source code with the other company? After all I have to share it since they help develop it (they have developers as well as knowledge to provide functionality for the tool)
What do you think?
You should sign an agreement between you and the other mISV which states that the IP and copyrights and yours.
As long as you have the legal papers in order, I don't see why this would be a problem. It's like hiring a developer to work in your product, the copyrights belong to the mISV, not the developer.
Monday, February 11, 2013
Fit your existing code into a library or API that you retain the rights to. In your partnership agreement, include a license for that library including source code. The license should allow the licensee (your partner and you) to extend or modify the source code for new software that the partnership now holds the rights to. That way your partner can use your existing code however s/he wants without getting the rights to it (and ruining its value to you).
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