Legal Issues

Project Information

Project: PROJECTNAME
Internal Release Number: X.Y.Z
Release Audience:
General availability release
Customer-specific release: CUSTOMER(S)
Developer release (Internal usage only)
Early access release (Controlled external access)
Intended Product License: Commercial license
Related Documents:
Process impact: This document outlines legal issues that may affect this release. Failure to carefully consider these issues may put the development organization at risk for legal action.
TODO: Fill in the information above and below. Add or remove rows as needed. Use the worksheet to help identify legal issues. Seek professional counsel for review as needed.

Ownership of Intellectual Property

Component Owner License Status Comments
Product name Us Trademark Registration pending We must use "(TM)", not "(R)"
Database VENDOR Commercial license In compliance, paid normal fee Limits us to 2 CPUs/server
Encryption library VENDOR Commercial license In compliance, signed partnership agreement
Clip-art graphics None Public Domain In compliance
Sound driver library OS Project BSD In compliance
Search engine indexer OS Project GPL In compliance Indexer runs in separate process, does not make our code GPL
Other library OS Project BSD In compliance
Other data Us Copyrighted In compliance
Special algorithm patent Us Patent pending In compliance Patent search done, patent application submitted

Regulatory Compliance

Type Regulation Status Comments
Export Strong encryption exports must be declared In compliance We will not distribute out of country
Privacy Cannot collect personal information from minors In compliance We ask for user age before asking for other information
Industry certification Game industry rating In compliance We follow guidelines for "Everyone" rating

Possible Status Values

  • In compliance: we are OK to go ahead with this release
  • Waived: we decided not to consider this aspect for this release
  • Violated: we are not conforming. Comment should describe impact.

Legal Issues Checklist

The goal of this checklist is to help expose legal issues that might otherwise be missed. It does not help with the actual management of legal issues.

TODO: Answer the questions below. If multiple sample answers are provided, delete the ones that do not apply. Edit any provided answers as needed.
Does the development organization hold trademarks on the product name and any other names used in marketing the product?
Yes. Make sure to defend your ownership.
No. Make sure not to impinge on the trademarks of others.
Does the development organization hold or license patents on intellectual property that is used in the product?
Yes. Make sure to defend your ownership.
No. Make sure not to impinge on the patents of others.
Does the development organization hold or license copyrights on source code that is used in the product?
Yes. Make sure to defend your ownership.
No. Make sure not to impinge on the patents of others.
For each component in the product, is that component being used in a way that complies with its license?
Fill in details in table above.
For each piece of copyrighted data in the product, is that data being used in a way that complies with its license?
Fill in details in table above.
Was any component or data produced by another organization under contract?
Yes. Review the contract details for ownership and licensing.
No. No action required.
Does the product use technologies that are under export control?
Yes. But, we have no plans to export.
Yes. Take steps to obtain needed export permissions.
No. No action required.
Does the product need to meet industry-specific regulations?
Yes. Take steps to meet them. Specifically...
No. No action needed.
Does the product satisfy corporate policies (e.g., on privacy and security)?
Yes. Describe how each policy is satisfied..
No. Describe steps to bring the product into compliance.
No. No policies apply.
TODO: Check for words of wisdom and discuss ways to improve this template. Or, evaluate the ReadySET Pro professional legal issues template.
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