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Legal Aspects in Software Maintenance


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Sven Euteneuer, Daniel Draws, Daniel Simon SQS Software Quality Systems AG Stollwerckstraße 11, 51149 Cologne, Germany sven.euteneuer|daniel.draws|daniel.simon@sqs.com Abstract: In this paper we summarise the lessons learnt from our EU research project TIMBUS that deals with digital preservation. Digital preservation aims at ensuring continued access to digital information over time or technology changes and as such affects and utilises software design, development and maintenance (cf. [1]). There are numerous technical challenges to be considered for both successful digital preservation and software maintenance, but even if these technical challenges are solved, there are more hurdles along the way: not only technical but also legal aspects have to be considered.. Barbara Kolany Institut für Informations-, Telekommunikationsund Medienrecht, Zivilrechtliche Abteilung Leonardo-Campus 9, 48149 Münster, Germany barbara.kolany@uni-muenster.de The legal fields of interest in the European Union comprise Intellectual Property (IP) Rights; taking Directive 96/9/EC ­ Database Directive (Legal protection of databases) [3]; Directive 2001/29/EC - Information Society Directive (Aspects of copyright an related rights) [4]; Directive 2009/24/EC - Computer Programs Directive (Legal protection of computer programs) [5]; and Directive 2006/116/EEC ­ Copyright Duration Directive [6] into consideration; Data Protection regulations; taking Directive 95/46/EC ­ The Data Protection Directive [7] into account; Legal obligations for preserving data in various sectors (i.e., ensure the continued access to certain information even in face of migrations); and IT contracting issues, e.g., license agreements; contracts between producers and users of software and/or data; escrow agreements Typical tasks of maintenance and reengineering affected by the above mentioned legal frameworks and regulations are, amongst others, The reproduction of software ('copying'); The adaption, translation and arrangement of software; The digitalisation of analogue documents; The renewal and change of data carrier; The conversion of data; The migration, porting, emulation of software and/or data [8]; Dealing with databases; and Licensing, and sourcing contracts.


Euteneuer, Sven; Draws, Daniel; Simon, Daniel; Kolany, Barbara (2013): Legal Aspects in Software Maintenance. Softwaretechnik-Trends: Vol. 33, No. 2. DOI: 10.1007/s40568-013-0035-z. Köllen Druck & Verlag GmbH. PISSN: 0720-8928. pp. 33-34