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Source code escrow is a three party agreement between a software vendor (the depositor), the end user (beneficiary) and the source code escrow company (Escrow London). It is commonly used by companies to protect the source code of a software vendor or to protect the investment of the beneficiary. The objective of a source code escrow agreement is to provide comfort to the end user that if the software vendor is unable or unwilling to support the software, the source code and other critical materials such as documentation can be released to them, ensuring continuity.
During the agreement setup, the depositor (software vendor) will deposit with Escrow London the latest version of the source code which is normally through our automated deposit system directly from GitHub, Bitbucket, GitLab and many other popular version control apps or via SFTP/S3 buckets.
To ensure the files are accessible and free of viruses, Escrow London will perform a file integrity test as part of the source code escrow deposit. This source code escrow deposit would only be released to the beneficiary (end-user) if the depositor can no longer support or maintain the software. The requirements for deposit and release of the source code are all clearly defined and negotiated upon in the source code escrow agreement.
Source Code Escrow Benefits
Source code escrow is an important tool for businesses that use custom software. By working with Escrow London, you can protect your investment and ensure the continued support and security of your software.
Single Beneficiary Agreement
Single Beneficiary Source Code Escrow Agreement
A single beneficiary source code escrow agreement is usually used when a client is licensing software from a software company. It is made up of the depositor, beneficiary and the source code escrow company as the independent third
Multi Beneficiary Agreement
Multi Beneficiary Source Code Escrow Agreement
Multi beneficiary source code escrow agreements are often used by software companies to provide comfort to their clients that they have a standing source code escrow agreement in place. This type of agreement allows the software company to add an unlimited number of beneficiaries to the master agreement. Non-signatory agreements can also be an option under a multi beneficiary agreement. Under a non-signatory agreement, the software company is able to register additional beneficiaries without the need for the beneficiary to sign any documents.
All the registered beneficiaries are assigned as the recipients of the source code escrow materials upon a release and may continue to use the source code for the sole purpose of continuing the benefits afforded to each beneficiary pursuant to the software license agreement.
Data Holding Agreements
Data Holding agreements are used when a company is using a developer to create a bespoke application and the beneficiary owns the intellectual property.
A simple arrangement is established between the beneficiary and the developer to ensure the source code or any other materials are deposited with Escrow London on a daily basis directly from the developer’s Git repository during development.
This type of source code escrow agreement provides protection for the customer that in the event of a dispute with the developer mid project, another developer will then have the code to continue the project and prevent serious delays.
Source Code Escrow Verification Services
To ensure all of our clients are comfortable that in the event of a release condition, the source code deposit will be accessible and usable, we offer an array of source code verification services to mitigate potential risks with source code escrow arrangements. These source code verification services provide an additional assurance that the deposited source code is usable and can be compiled into a working version of the software.
Post Release Support
We often get asked about what happens in the event of a release when our clients want to implement a source code escrow agreement. Many source code escrow companies release the source code to the beneficiary and leave them on their own in finding someone to maintain the code. However, with innovation at our core, Escrow London pride ourselves on being different to other source code escrow companies.
As part of our standard release process, we have the skills and expertise in place to directly assist the beneficiary in sourcing suitable qualified developers to help with supporting the released materials. This unique approach means we will not just disappear, but instead be there to guide them through the daunting and difficult situation whilst finding the right developer competent in the programming language to develop their software.
Transfer Existing Agreements
If you have a source code escrow agreement coming up for renewal or are not happy with your existing source code escrow company, we can help provide a seamless transition when moving over your existing agreements.
The process is simple and straight forward! You do not even have to wait for your contract to end with your current provider. Here at Escrow London, we can help you:
- build a source code escrow agreement that matches the same release conditions as your current source code escrow company;
- facilitate updating your customers about the intention of transferring the agreement to a new provider, all at your discretion;
- arrange to receive a new deposit from the software vendor and automate the deposit process for future deposits, once the new agreement is signed.
Why move over to us?
- We can provide you with substantial cost savings compared to your current source code escrow company.
- We maintain ISO27001 and ISO27017 certifications for information and cloud security.
- All our deposit updates are automated, providing you with safe and regular back-ups.
- Everything is managed by us – after all it’s your data.
Want to learn more? Read our case study on how a leading American software company smoothly transitioned from a heritage software escrow vendor to an automated multi-beneficiary source code escrow solution. <<Read Here>>
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