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Can a software owner who has allowed a company to use it ...

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Can a software owner who has allowed a company to use it software free of charge for 10 years revoke the right to use such software when there is no licensing agreement in place?
Submitted: 9 years ago.
Category: Business Law
Expert:  socrateaser replied 9 years ago.

Yes. If you are the copyright owner and you can show that you hold the copyright and that the work was not "made for hire" by the corporation paying your wages for developing the software, then you don't have to revoke the license, because you never granted it. Instead, you write the company and tell them that their continued use of the software is subject to the following licensing agreement: (terms and conditions).

Then if they continue to use the software, it's off to federal court you go.

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