I am delivering compiled libraries to a customer. This customer wants a guarantee that whatever happens (say if I disappear unexpectedly), he will remain able to use the software when compiler upgrades occur, and also that corrective maintenance will remain possible at all times.
This virtually means that the customer wants some access to the source code.
Can you advise of a way to satisfy the customer while avoiding direct transfer of the sources, to prevent any misuse, such as redistribution or misappropriation by unfair employees, and protect my know-how ? I do trust this customer, but he is about to be absorbed in a larger structure.
I know that his can be settled via a contract, but this pretty theoretical as I would never be in a position to discover an infringement.