Vault vs. Vault
Feb 08, 2011

Have you recently evaluated the cost vs. value of your current software escrow storage?


With today's technology, the equivalent of 40+ software deposits can be stored in a 1 inch, 8+GB USB Flash Drive.
With most Escrow Agents using physical vaults, they are hopeful that you are concerned about features like:


Concrete vs. steel vaults, 24 hour video surveillance, temperature control, magnetic shielding, non-water based fire suppression systems, humidity control, continuous armed security guards, Bank vaults vs. private vaults, Bar coding, etc.   
Do these features make it easier to make and or get access to deposits?
Are the features increasing the cost of your Escrow agreement?
Are your Escrow Agents in need of a major upgrade to stay current?
Are these features relevant to securing source code?
Are these features of value to you?


Have you considered a change to "Digital" Vaults for your Escrow Deposits?

With Digital Vaults you have:
    * Secure digital access to them on the cloud (Private or Public).
    * Compliance and the ability to keep up with the highest digital security standards (SAS70 Level II, Encryption, Disaster Recovery, SSL, etc.) without additional costs.
    * Significant cost savings over physical vaults.
    * Direct synchronization of the source code with the deposit in the vault.
    * Version control features that keep track of what has changed and when it was changed.
    * A single vault to hold all the revisions of the application.
    * Contents reporting anytime the Escrow deposit is updated.
    * Elimination of additional costs and management overhead having to deal with features like Portals, FTP Servers, etc.

Let us help you get your Escrow agent to start migrating from Physical Vaults to Digital Vaults today so you can start enjoying the cost savings and increased functionality.

Contact us to start your journey to go digital with Chaperon Secure(tm) Vaulted Repository.

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Introducing Cloud based IP Litigation Discovery
Nov 03, 2010

With the benefits of Cloud Computing, there is a cheaper and better way to handle IP Litigation Discovery.
Here’s how it works: A “golden” or master copy of the IP is first placed in a secure IP repository -- making it virtually impossible to copy or pirate. The IP owner is allowed to add and/or update the IP. The Secure Inspecting Stations can then be used by multiple inspecting parties to browse, view, and inspect the contents simultaneously anytime, anywhere – eliminating expensive network connections and the cost of travel. The IP is fully protected during transport and only authorized parties can inspect the IP.


What are the advantages?

- Allows the choice of in-office or remote secure inspection of the IP.
- Eliminates need for dedicated, expensive network connections.
- Protects the rights of both the IP owner and inspecting parties.
- Eliminates the risk of shipping IP on systems via couriers.
- Eliminates the risk of losing IP via the “Trusted Exchange” method.
- Eliminates the risk of having the IP on physical systems used by the inspectors.
- IP can be securely hosted by Producing Party or a Trusted Third Party (Escrow Agent).

Learn more about our Cloud based IP Litigaton Discovery solution or contact us today. 

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Is Open Source Escrow for you?
Oct 14, 2010

Have you given up on Traditional Software Escrow and/or SaaS Escrow due to price and complexity of executing multi-party agreements on low priced SaaS offerings?

Before you give up, have you considered Open Source Escrow?

What is Open Source Escrow?
Open Source Escrow is a new concept for Intellectual Property Escrow that releases the Escrow materials to Open Source instead of specific Licensee(s). It is significantly cheaper then traditional escrow. It also simplifies the Escrow Agreement by eliminating the need to get involved in complicated contracts and negotiations, or adding clients to a list of beneficiaries.

How does it work?
The release triggers in Open Source Escrow are limited to closure or bankruptcy of the developer. While this trigger can be defined a little differently in each instance, the overall concept is that Open Source Escrow is designed to protect the end user from a developer that goes out of business or abandons the application

The escrow agreement in Open Source Escrow only includes the developer and covers everyone that uses the application. In Open Source Escrow only the developer signs the contract, and there is no beneficiary list. Since the code is released as open source there is no limit to who can receive the code if the developer goes out of business.

Who should use it?
Any application providers whose software is based on a foundation of Open Source code or low cost SaaS providers with a large install customer bases of small and medium size companies.

The agreements are much simpler and the cost is significantly lower.

What are the shortfalls?
Since the license is replaced with an open source license. This means that there are no restrictions on how the code can be used by anyone that receives the code out of escrow.

Is open source escrow of interest to you? Would it be a benefit to your business model?  Want to discuss if it is the right solution for you? Have you had a positive or negative experience with SaaS/Software Escrow in general?  Contact us or leave a comment.

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Protect your clients Escrow from today’s cloud computing pitfalls
Nov 16, 2009

Your clients may be unaware that they are in the path of the perfect storm. Today’s massive economic crisis has collided with the allure of new software delivery models, putting many businesses at risk. 

Delivery models like cloud computing and Software as a Service (SaaS) are here to stay. In fact, Gartner says the SaaS market is expected to more than double, with revenue reaching $14.8 billion in 2012.  These models’ promises of lower cost ownership and quicker time to deployment are certainly attractive to any business. 

But, add today’s economic climate to the mix and those promises are quickly broken. Rampant vendor consolidation, mergers, business insolvencies, contractual issues, and business disagreements can result in the loss of application functionality and access to all of your client’s proprietary data. As we all know, this can happen whether you’re working with start-ups or industry leaders. 


That’s why Forrester analyst Liz Herbert advises companies to make sure their legal team is “involved in SaaS negotiations as SaaS contracts today are more like marriages than experimental flings.”
Software escrow can protect your clients from this storm – as long as the escrow technology takes the cloud computing/SaaS paradigm into account. According to a recent ThinkStrategies white paper, “This means employing escrow services that can not only store and secure valuable source code, but also continuously track changes, allow inspection of the real-time version of the source code and ultimately ensure that the source code can be built into an up-to-date, working version of the software.”
Chaperon Secure Active Escrow technology can help protect your clients from today’s cloud computing pitfalls. This patent-pending technology allows your client and its software provider to set up a secure, central repository for source code and mission-critical data that can be updated regularly and in real time. Version control features keep track of changes and give your client the ability to roll forward or backward to the version of their choice. Plus, detailed content and activity reports give all parties an accurate view of repository functions. 

To learn more about how this technology can help protect your clients, check out our website or contact us today [] for a free consultation. We look forward to explaining how our technology can help your clients weather the perfect storm. 

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