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Software License Agreements in Germany

What is a software license agreement?

The purpose of a software license agreement is the transfer of software by a company (developer or distributor) to a purchaser. The latter pays an agreed amount so that the software can be used for a limited or permanent period. The preparation of a software license agreement in Germany requires extreme accuracy because there are many elements to consider.

Important points of the contract include, among other items:

  • Subject of the contract
  • Rights of use
  • Software fee
  • Term of the software license agreement
  • Right of termination
  • Warranty for defects
  • Limitations of liability

Software transactions for developers and purchasers - We protect your interests

Since software is usually covered by German copyright, this is also the mainstay of all contractual considerations. After all, software transactions of any kind can only be carried out by taking into account the possible forms of copyright law in Germany.

Regardless of whether you want to distribute software as a developer or acquire software as a company, our experienced team of consultants in IP/IT law will support you in implementing your plans in a legally secure manner.

A German IT attorney can prepare your legally secure software license agreement

Whether a software is to be purchased, used by license or custom-made by special order - we advise you from the first agreement draft to the legally correct full integration into your company and - if you so desire - beyond that as well.

Your attorney for software license agreements in Germany

Would you like to distribute your own software in a legally secure manner or acquire the right to use third-party software? Your contact persons for software and IT law are attorney Olga Stepanova (Certified Specialist for IT law) and attorney Patricia Jechel. Please feel free to contact us at any time with your questions. You can best reach us by e-mail ( or by telephone (+49 69 76 75 77 80). Please don’t hesitate to contact us.




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