Champaign, IL asked in Products Liability for Illinois

Q: If we want to launch a product and we call it beta, does that protect us in any way?

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T. J. Jesky
T. J. Jesky
  • Chicago, IL
  • Licensed in Illinois

A: As you are aware, Beta testing is just a test to ensure software meets functional expectations. With regards to your question, if you want to protect your beta testing with others, you should have them sign either a:

1) Non Disclosure Agreement. This is a fairly standard business agreement that protects confidential information shared between two parties. The testers promise not to talk about the products being tested or share their experiences.

2) Beta Participant Agreement. This agreement is a beta-specific document that establishes the guidelines for being a beta tester. This is the document communicate guideline as to what the tester is expected to do (or not do) during the test.

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