There are hundreds and thousands of apps available to smartphone and tablet users, many of which are free. The majority of us own or have access to such devices and will use a range of apps on a daily basis, for example news, music, health and fitness and travel apps to name just a few.
In addition to consumer apps, there are also a wide range of business apps available, which cover a range of sectors.
The contruction industry in particular has followed this digital technology trend, a movement supported by the Government’s Construction 2025 strategy which promotes the growth of smart technologies.
There are a number of construction focused apps on the market; apps which provide access to key information such as project data, heath and safety regulations and compliance guidelines, project management apps and apps that help construction managers better calculate materials and supplies. Not only do these apps enhance collobration, but they can also help to keep projects on schedule and to cost.
Whether you are a developer of an app or an app user, it is important to bear in mind a number of legal issues:
- who owns the app? The general rule is that copyright in the app software is owned by its author; however there are exceptions to this rule
- consider protecting your intellectual property with trade mark registration
- don’t infringe someone else’s intellectual property
- consider contractual issues when the app has been accepted for use on a smartphone or tablet, such as Apple’s “iSO Developer Program License Agreement” which include terms and conditions
- exercise caution when tying your app to another platform e.g. Twitter, Google Maps
- minimise the risks of liability for user-added content
- consider consumer protection laws
- consider data protecion laws
- consider confidentiality issues
- consider jurisdictional issues
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