A. The parties acknowledge and agree that during the course of the relationship contemplated hereby that they are likely to come into contact and gain knowledge and access to information and materials that the other party deems to be confidential, proprietary or of strategic importance. The parties each agree that they shall maintain the strictest confidentiality of all such materials that they receive concerning the other party hereto. They shall not disclose such confidential information to any other party, shall not use such confidential information for their own purposes, and they shall protect such confidential information from disclose using the same or higher standards as they use to protect their own confidential information.
B. The parties agree that confidential information shall be limited to disclosure within the organization of the recipient to those top management personnel and developers with a bona fide need to know such information as a necessary part of their contribution to the performance under this Agreement.
C. For purposes of this Contract, confidential information shall include any and all information that is of a proprietary, confidential or trade secret nature, of strategic importance, or is otherwise considered to be confidential or proprietary by the releasing party. Confidential information will include items such as business plans, marketing plans and strategies, formula, processes, data, software source codes, financial information, customer lists, and all other information deemed confidential by the parties. Confidential information shall not include items that are generally available to the public, generally known in the industry, exist in the public domain, is learned from an outside source independent from the relationship established by this Contract or was known prior to the entering of this Contract.