Beltug’s updated Proposal for a Software Publishers’ Code of Conduct calls for clear, transparent and fair software licence models


Managing software assets remains a key concern for companies and public services. Software products are too often subject to complex, unclear licence models and agreements that are difficult to follow and proactively manage.


This impacts far more than the individual companies. IT technology has become an important production factor for economic progress and development. Complex, unbalanced and ambiguous software licence contracts are a roadblock to unleashing the full potential of digitalisation.


Adopting clear principles and practices


The Proposal for a Software Publishers’ Code of Conduct developed by Beltug defined a set of acceptable practices for software publishers’ behaviour and covers contractual, technical, lifecycle and software audit conduct rules. The goal of the document is to encourage software publishers to provide legal certainty and unambiguous software licensing contracts with a clear definition of responsibilities for both software publishers and customers.


It also provides us, alongside our sister CIO organisations in the EU, with a basis for discussions on an international level with the major software publishers.


Beltug translates principles into contract clauses


To help companies when negotiating software contracts, Beltug, has also translated the principles into concrete contract clauses for you to use when negotiating with software publishers. You can find the 29-page document here.




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