I suppose I should find a decent attorney for this, but I'd like to see if I can find some "free" resources first.
My company is about to release a software product (actually bundled together with hardware as an appliance) and we'll be selling it to companies to measure network latency. I've put together an initial readme/license to comply with the terms of the open source products we use, but I think we need some other terms to put in place some protection for ourselves from unreasonable expectations of the software. I suppose the usual "this software is sold as-is and shouldn't be used for flying airplanes, space shuttles or running nuclear power plants..."
Our product is NOT open source.
Does anyone have any public domain samples of this kind of document?
Alternatively, what are the typical clauses one should put in a license agreement that offer fair protection for both sides?
Take a look at Skpe's EULA: http://www.skype.com/legal/eula/ Foxit has a shorter one: http://www.foxitsoftware.com/pdf/rd_eula.htm The Cisco one might be the most applicable: http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/general/warranty/English/EU1KEN_.html In general, these are all over the map and really depend on your product and the amount of liability you might have. You need to talk to your lawyer about just what you want to protect against.
Another place to check out is http://www.docstoc.com/ You have to pay for the forms but they have an EULA for like $20.
As @Jonas says you will need to get a lawyer, and it is well worth doing so, to work with you to determine what clauses you need in your license and to make sure you are properly protected.
After spending a lot of years evolving our license agreements I would offer some big-picture guidance:
License agreements are rarely as simple as you would like them to be but if you really know why each clause is in there and can explain it you can feel comfortable that the agreement will work for both you and your customers.
I realize you posted this a few months ago but are you squared away now with your software license agreement?