Understanding the Implications of Selling Rights in Software to the Defense Department: A Journey through the Regulatory Maze
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CARNEGIE-MELLON UNIV PITTSBURGH PA SOFTWARE ENGINEERING INST
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This article of the Software Licensing Project of the SEI examines problems related to DoD procurement policy as reflected in the DoD acquisition regulations DoD FAR SUPP. This article discusses ambiguities and inconsistencies found in the acquisition regulations, and ways in which these problem areas might result in unexpected disadvantages to both the government and industry. Issues related to funding of software development, treatment of technical data and documentation, the concept of unlimited rights, the making of derivative works and other modifications of software, and the interface between DoD acquisition policy intellectual property laws such as copyright and trade secret law are discussed. The article serves to catalogue potential problems that might arise under the DoD acquisition regulations.
- Administration and Management
- Computer Programming and Software