A visit to the Nashville Entrepreneur Center or any coworking space will provide you with instant examples of the growing, sizzling, tech scene. Coding is truly another language (with various “dialects,” if you will) and more and more people are speaking that language every day. Web and software platform designers and developers usually prefer to build their products without having to think about legal issues. Do privacy issues, EULAs, and trademark protection make you cringe? Enter Spear IP.
Here are some basic legal items for web and software companies to consider.
|For developers, get service agreements (often referred to as MSAs) in writing (making things like deadlines, ownership of content, service levels, and change orders clear for your client).|
|Make sure your platform or business name is available (and, if so, consider registering it with the Trademark Office).|
|Consider forming a business entity, and follow all necessary formalities, to protect and isolate your personal assets from your business activities.|
|Register code and other proprietary website content with the Copyright Office (to put yourself on better footing if you're ever the victim of copyright infringement).|