Is “Free Software” Really Free?
More and more companies are approaching our campus community with the promise of free or an extended trial use of their software. Oftentimes, these agreements are heavily drafted in the vendors’ favor. While there may not be a dollar amount initially associated with the agreement, these agreements still require the same review as any other software agreement. Keep in mind when considering this type of engagement who will own the data, how will the data be used, and what the vendor plans to gain through allowing the use of the software for free. It is to the end-user’s advantage to allow us to complete our standard review of the document to prevent future issues and minimize risk as much as possible.