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Oleg Shilo22-Apr-12 3:53
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Yortw23-Apr-12 12:35
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The concept is not unusual, regardless of how the software is licensed (although the terms might be).

I bleieve the company I work for, which produces fully commercial software that must be purchased by customers, has 'escrow' agreements with several of them. I don't know the exact terms, but it's something along the lines of if we go bankrupt or cease trading, those companies receive a full-rights, non-exclusive *copy* of the source code. However, I believe the contract restricts them to using it to run their own businesses that already have licenses (i.e they can't turn around and start selling it to other companies, or start a new business themselves using it). I also don't think they get access to the source code if we choose to stop developing a product (if we just choose to stop but are still trading as a commercial entity, we'll help them manage the migration to whatever else).

I've heard of other companies doing this too, particularly where the software company that owns the product is relatively small and unknown.

I'm not sure if they pay extra for those agreements that or not. It's really just a peace of mind thing, and we've never actually had the contract 'used' as far as I know.

Also, being closed commercial software as opposed to open source, they don't get the source until the terms of the contract are met.

I'm not suggesting you agree to their plan, only that it's not unheard of and not simply an open source thing. If you do choose to agree, I'd say look at the terms very carefully and make sure they limit what they can do and when. That way you should be able to protect yourself, while alleviating their concerns.
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