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09-06-2016

Methods and tools of regulating the relationship between cloud solutions vendors and users in Ukraine

CLOUDS AND SUN

Methods and tools of regulating the relationship between cloud solutions vendors and users in Ukraine

Tatiana Kharebava, a Counsel, Attorney, Head of Intellectual Property, IT and Antitrust at Spenser and Kauffmann, Attorneys at Law, for Ukrayinskyi Urist, a periodical

The world is changing rapidly every second and it is no secret that today global trends are determined by emerging information technologies, which, in fact, are the driving force of the global development and progress.

More specifically, these emerging technologies include the so-called cloud technologies which, being a trend and important business line of many IT-companies, have become an integral part of most users life all over the world. For example, many of us create documents at Google docs, store information at One Drive or keep in touch through Gmail. Moreover, cloud technologies are gaining in popularity among corporate users as an effective and convenient tool for conducting business. Therefore, every year vendors in the market offer increasingly more cloud solutions that quickly and at a reasonable price can help optimize financial, corporate, commercial and other business processes of a customer. Although that the national legislation is, to put it mildly, lagging behind information technologies development, the relationship between cloud solutions vendors and users are governed primarily on a contractual basis.

This is quite a challenge for lawyers – to not only stay updated on recent legal and social events but also keep abreast of the global IT-trends. After all, merely knowledge of legal niceties may not always be sufficient to correctly apply legal rules, choose relevant contractual instrument and accurately advise a customer on a given IT-solution. A lawyer also should have understanding of the operational concept of a given technology and risks it entails for customers.

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