Washington Law Review


This Article addresses a special problem within the software-industry—licensee bankruptcy and the need to protect the rights of licensors in the software. Although federal law now protects the rights of a software licensee in the technology when a licensor undergoes bankruptcy, little guidance exists as to the effects of licensee bankruptcy upon the software licensor. This Article thoroughly reviews the relevant bankruptcy and copyright law as they relate to the computer software area, and then discusses why a licensor should consider avoiding the possibility of a software license being treated as an executory contract. The author concludes by offering practical drafting considerations on how to avoid executory contract treatment as a way of preserving the licensor's rights in the software.

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