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What is Bonterms?

We provide best-practice, balanced, open source legal forms for the enterprise. Our forms are standard forms that you modify as necessary for your transaction through a Cover Page. Make sure to have a lawyer review any forms we provide before use in any circumstance.

What do you mean by “balanced”?

By balanced we mean that the forms are intended to meet the needs of both parties to the transaction and not inherently favor either side. The forms are easily adjustable to meet the needs of each party through the Cover Page.

Who wrote the forms?

The forms were drafted by our Open Source Forms Committee and underwent multiple rounds of feedback to help ensure they reflect industry best-practices.

Why do you call the forms “open source”?

Because the forms are written and reviewed by a community of lawyers and released for free under CC BY 4.0.

How long does it take 40 lawyers to draft a form?

Our Cloud Terms went through six major drafts, three sub-committees (Data, Risk and General Terms) and multiple meetings, surveys and discussions across seven months. Our Mutual NDA was relatively easy with four drafts and meetings and surveys across three months.

What do you mean by “review once, use many”?

Our forms are standard agreements designed to be reviewed once by each party’s legal counsel and then modified as necessary for individual transactions through use of a Cover Page. 

Are the forms free to use?

Yes. The forms are made available without charge under CC BY 4.0.

What’s the benefit of using a standard form?

No battle over whose form to use, no redlining and a negotiation focused through a Cover Page on the key elements the parties really care about.

Using Bonterms Forms

How do I use the forms?

Each Bonterms form has two key parts: (1) the Cover Page and (2) the terms themselves: Cloud Terms or Mutual NDA. To use a form, complete the Cover Page and have both parties sign in the space provided. If you want to change any terms in the main body of a form, use the space provided on the Cover Page.

Can I create my own Cover Page?

Yes! Just make sure to reference the Bonterms form you are invoking by reference (for example, Bonterms Cloud Terms (Version 1.0) or Bonterms Mutual NDA (Version 1.0). You can find an example Cloud Terms Cover Page here and example Mutual NDA Cover page here.

How do I create a Cloud Agreement using the Cloud Terms?
Can I redline a Bonterms form?

We encourage you to make any changes to the form through the Cover Page. If you choose to redline the form itself, however, it will no longer be a standard form and you lose the benefit of using a form that wasn’t drafted by either party.

Do I need to have a lawyer review a Bonterms form?

YesMake sure to have a lawyer review any Bonterms form and your Cover Page before use in any circumstance.

Can I modify the example Cover Pages or Orders?

Yes. You are free to use, modify or distribute the Word versions of the examples without attribution. These are made available under CC0 1.0.

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Is this legal advice or a substitute for legal advice?

No. Bonterms provides self-service forms and general information intended to be used only with independent legal review. Make sure to have a lawyer review any Bonterms forms before use in any circumstance. Bonterms is a service of Bonterms, Inc.; we are not a law firm. The information we provide is not a substitute for legal advice. Communications with us are not protected by attorney-client privilege or the duty of confidentiality. We do not review any information you provide us nor offer any opinions or advice about the appropriateness of the use of any form or other materials we provide in any particular circumstance. Your access to the forms and our website is subject to our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

Do I need to have a lawyer review your forms?

YesMake sure to have a lawyer review any form we post and the implementing Cover Page before use in any circumstance.

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