Purchasing software where the source code is being sold
Posted on 2013-06-20
One of our consultants is recommended the potential purchase of software from a company that has reduced the price due to an upcoming close of their retail store and selling of the products source code. We have an old version of this software (6 years old) so it would not be a blind purchase of software we have no experience with but my concern is regarding support. If they are selling the source code do they sell off all rights and responsibilities for previous versions of the software they sold? I am not familiar with the legalities but I would think that they would not tie up resources to a product they would no longer have legal rights to. I am also not sure if any company purchasing the source code would be responsible for providing support for past purchase of the program, since they did not sell the product.
These are all questions that should be put forth and addressed or noted when considering the value of the purchase. My supervisor is away on Paternity leave and I have limited experience in this regard. I would appreciate any input from experts here as to how to advise with approaching this purchase. Since support would ultimately fall upon myself and my supervisor, the possible lack of technical support from the manufacturer is a factor that I feel should be noted when they consider the purchase.
Thank you for any posts you can provide!