10 March 2022
In the previous article on Software as a Service (“SaaS”) Products, we understood the meaning of SaaS Products and how SaaS Agreements are different from End User License Agreements. In this blog, we will discuss the key points that should be included in any Software as a Service (SaaS) Agreement.
The SaaS agreement is a software service provided over the internet. The agreement should define the scope of services accessible to the user and should specify how the SaaS product shall be accessible to the users. Such clauses should enlist all major restrictions that the users shall be subjected to and should also highlight the fact that the SaaS product shall be used only by the users and the authorized personnel appointed by such users.The Agreement should also provide for maintenance and support services that shall be provided by the service provider, and the agreement should provide that the users shall be eligible to receive all software updates and upgrades.
The SaaS service provider should retain ownership of all IPR in the software, technology, and services it provides. The SaaS customer should retain ownership of all IPR in the data transmitted by it to the service provider during provision of services. The agreement should specifically mention that all the source code remains owned by the SaaS service provider. The SaaS customers should also grant the SaaS service provider the right to use their testimonials for the duration of the SaaS agreement, for which purpose, the service provider may display the customer’s logos and other copyrighted information on its platform.
The agreement should provide what exactly the subscription plan includes and how the provider will provide the services. The agreement should clearly specify regarding pricing, how and when the detailed costs would be charged. As SaaS agreements typically practice a subscription model, customers shall pay the provider on a regular basis for continued use of the service.
There are several pricing models, viz:
The policy shall be published on website of body corporate or any person on its behalf and shall provide for:
SaaS agreements should include a limitation of liability clause that limits the liability of the service provider in the event of damages or losses incurred by the customer. Indemnity provisions, which usually accompany provisions relating to limitation of liability, are a contractual promise by one party to compensate and/or defend the other party from the risk of harm, liability or loss.The agreement should also include an indemnity clause that requires the customer to indemnify the service provider for any losses or damages resulting from the customer’s use of the service. In SaaS agreements, the Indemnity clause shall apply in case of claims, damages, liabilities, costs and expenses, including reasonable attorneys’ fees, arising out of:
In conclusion, SaaS agreements are crucial for establishing a relationship between a service provider and a customer. It is essential to ensure that all these key points are included in any SaaS agreement to avoid any future legal disputes and to establish a strong business relationship. plan, model and pricing clause, and data security provisions. These clauses help protect both the provider and the customer and ensure that the SaaS product is used legally and securely.
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