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Proposal for a New "Rights in Software" Clause for Software Acquisitions by the Department of Defense

  • September 1986
  • By Pam Samuelson, Kevin M. Deasy, Anne C. Martin
  • This report 1986 recommends regulatory strategies for addressing difficulties the DoD has experienced with respect to legal issues related to software acquisitions.
  • Acquisition Support
  • Publisher: Software Engineering Institute
    CMU/SEI Report Number: CMU/SEI-86-TR-002
  • Abstract

    This report recommends three distinct regulatory strategies for addressing difficulties the DoD has been experiencing with respect to legal issues related to software acquisitions. First, the report reiterates the Software Licensing Project's earlier recommendation that the DoD adopt the proposed Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) data rights provisions instead of the proposed revisions to the DoD supplement to the FAR (DoD FAR SUPP). Secondly, in the event that the DoD chooses to adopt a data rights procurement policy different from that found in the data rights provisions of the proposed FAR, this report recommends that the DoD adopt a separate "Rights in Software"? clause for software acquisitions, rather than continuing the present practice of handling software procurements under the "Rights in Technical Data"? clause. Reasons in support of a separate software acquisition policy, as well as a beginning model "Rights in Software"? clause are offered. Finally, in the event that the DoD elects to retain the procurement format presently found in the DoD FAR SUPP provisions governing software and technical data acquisitions, this report offers several concrete recommendations for changes to those regulations which should result in a procurement policy which more effectively meets the mission needs of the Defense Department.

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SEI

Samuelson, Pamela; Deasy, Kevin; & Martin, Anne. Proposal for a New "Rights in Software" Clause for Software Acquisitions by the Department of Defense. CMU/SEI-86-TR-002 . Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University. 1986. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=10145

IEEE

Samuelson. Pamela, Deasy. Kevin, and Martin. Anne, "Proposal for a New "Rights in Software" Clause for Software Acquisitions by the Department of Defense," Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Technical Report CMU/SEI-86-TR-002 , 1986. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=10145

APA

Samuelson, Pamela., Deasy, Kevin., & Martin, Anne. (1986). Proposal for a New "Rights in Software" Clause for Software Acquisitions by the Department of Defense (CMU/SEI-86-TR-002 ). Retrieved December 11, 2016, from the Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University website: http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=10145

CHI

Pamela Samuelson, Kevin Deasy, & Anne Martin. Proposal for a New "Rights in Software" Clause for Software Acquisitions by the Department of Defense (CMU/SEI-86-TR-002 ). Pittsburgh, PA: Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, 1986. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=10145

MLA

Samuelson, Pamela., Deasy, Kevin., & Martin, Anne. 1986. Proposal for a New "Rights in Software" Clause for Software Acquisitions by the Department of Defense (Technical Report CMU/SEI-86-TR-002 ). Pittsburgh: Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=10145

BibTex

@techreport{SamuelsonProposalfor1986,
title={Proposal for a New "Rights in Software" Clause for Software Acquisitions by the Department of Defense},
author={Pamela Samuelson and Kevin Deasy and Anne Martin},
year={1986},
number={CMU/SEI-86-TR-002 },
institution={Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University},
address={Pittsburgh, PA},
url={http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=10145} }