How It Works
Establishing a source code escrow starts with the contract. The
Archive's escrow contracts present a fair, balanced agreement, which
protects both the developer's and the user's legitimate interests.
Why put up with endless contract modification and unnecessarily
high legal expenses? The Archive contracts are ready to sign. This
effectively eliminates a long and costly negotiation process that,
nine times out of ten, arrives at the same conclusion-the attributes
already written into an Archive contract. Our escrow contracts are
signed by the software developer and The Archive.
Once the contract is signed, the software developer must
deliver the deposit materials to The Archive. The materials should
include the source code saved on an electronic medium and relevant
documentation. The deposit is prepared and verified by the developer
with a security seal placed on the container. The Archive offers
several options in independent technical verification of the deposited
source code material.
The Archive stores all source code deposits in our state-of-the-art,
Class 125-2 Hour, 350-4 Hour ceramic fire data storage vault ranking
among the five largest in the world. This unique facility provides
the ideal environment, with proper humidity and temperature to store
electronic media as well as paper documentation. Unlike concrete
vaults buried underground, our facility can be accessed quickly
in the event of a fire, and provides protection against heat, smoke
and steam that can cause irreversible damage to electronic media.
Maximum Security and Confidentiality
In addition, no one can access our vault unless they can pass the
biometrics retinal scanner. Except to carry out our duties as the
escrow agent, The Archive will not permit any of our employees to
have access to the source code on deposit.
Releasing the Source Code
The contract terms are flexible and can be modified to meet the
releasing criteria of the developer. Ownership rtights are retained
by the developer, and the user is provided with a the proprietary
information necessary to maintain the product.
User-Friendly Enrollment of Licensees
When the developer enrolls new licensees, the user simply calls
The Archive and enrolls as a beneficiary of the source code escrow.
When new releases of the escrowed software are made, the developer
should submit the updated source code materials to The Archive.
For further information, please call 1-888-777-3201 (toll free)
or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.