IT2010 General Terms and Conditions for the IT Sector
When drafting IT agreements, it may be beneficial to use the General Terms and Conditions for the IT Sector, “IT2010”, which are based on the widely used IT2000 General Terms and Conditions. The IT2010 terms attempts to capture both the drawbacks in the IT2000 terms, and the recent developments within the IT sector. The terms have been drafted in a joint project between the Central Chamber of Commerce, the Finnish Software Entrepreneurs Association, the Finnish Association of Purchasing and Logistics (LOGY), the Federation of Finnish Technology Industries and the Finnish Information Processing Association. Representatives of both supplier and customer side of the information technology industry as well as their advisors have participated in the drafting process. In addition, representatives of the science community and public sector have been involved. Hence, the terms have been created through cooperation of several parties.
It is advisable to include the IT2010 terms in the contract document, rather than only referring to them. Thus they will clearly become a part of the agreement of the parties.
The IT2010 terms are mainly intended for use by Finnish companies in connection with domestic deliveries of information technology and related services. The terms are not meant for use in agreements with consumers. The terms are available in both Finnish and English.
Use of IT2010 terms requires a valid license. The license is subject to a fee. The IT2010 terms and the license terms are available on the Internet.
In addition to the IT2010 YSE General Terms and Conditions, the IT2010 terms consist of the following annexes:
IT2010 EAP Special terms and conditions for consulting and other professional services
IT2010 EJT special terms and conditions for deliveries of data systems and customised software
IT2010 ELH special terms and conditions for equipment maintenance
IT2010 ELT special terms and conditions for deliveries of equipment
IT2010 EOY special terms and conditions for software maintenance
IT2010 ETP special terms and conditions for services delivered via data network
IT2010 EVT special terms and conditions for deliveries of standard software
IT2010 Service level description
Compared to the previous, IT2000 terms, the selection of special terms now includes the new Special Terms and Conditions for Services Delivered via Data Network (IT2010 ETP), and the Service Level Description template. These can be used, for instance, for SaaS agreements (Software as a Services). The previous special terms for customized software (EAT2000) have been amended to enable their use also in deliveries of data systems (IT2010 EJT).
The IT2010 YSE General Terms and Conditions are always meant to be used together with one of the annexes listed above. In case of discrepancies, the annexes containing special terms will prevail.
When using the IT2010 terms, it should always be checked whether the terms are applicable as such to the present circumstances, or whether supplementary or deviating terms need to be agreed upon.