In this interview for Lexis®PSL Commercial, Intellectual Property and Information Technology Partner Nick Phillips discusses ecommerce platforms, explaining the issues surrounding contractual arrangements and the key legal considerations.

What contractual arrangements exist where a trader contracts with a provider of a cloud ecommerce platform (eg Shopify, BigCommerce or EKM)—both with that platform and any third parties?

There are basically two types of ecommerce platform solutions. The first type typically uses an open source platform (such as Magento Open Source or osCommerce), the code to which is available on an open source licence basis, and the second type is provided on a software as a service (SaaS) basis. The precise contractual arrangements in place will therefore vary according to the type of solution chosen.

To read the full interview, please click here.

This article was first published on Lexis®PSL Commercial on 12 October 2018.

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