App development and licensing

Posted by Simon Stokes on
The growth in the use of smartphones and tablets has led to the rapid development and availability of apps.

The legal issues in developing, distributing and licensing apps are similar to those for software except that there are additional issues relating to privacy law and the collection of user data.

Setting privacy law to one side, apps are just software although they may also contain or create content (music, graphics, animation, text etc) or may operate to link to online content in order to display it. So the need to clear the rights to use content and any legal issues relating to linking are relevant, as is the need to have an end user licence for the app to protect the IP in it and any content.

Also you need to ensure who "owns" the app is addressed when commissioning an app. An app is a copyright work so you need to have a written assignment from the app developer if you want to own the copyright in the app.

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