Technology Licenses – What Are They Good For?
Technology is such an integral part of life today that many of us don’t think much about how we use it, or what our legal rights and obligations are when we do use it. Software or apps seem to appear seamlessly on our smartphones and computers with just a click or a swipe. But it’s rare that we consider what could happen if there is a conflict or if something doesn’t go as planned.
The best way to use technology is with an explicit license or user agreement, preferably one that you have read and understood. Without a signed license, certain relationships, obligations and rights based on the law and standard practices are inferred by a court, but these inferences can be unpredictable or unexpected. A good license agreement will describe clearly which uses are permitted and which ones are not, and will make the relationship more predictable.