201601.07
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Customers Using Software Recently Acquired by IBM Should Proceed with Caution

In 2015, IBM acquired no fewer than 11 software and services companies.  Many software customers are surprised that after IBM purchases a company, IBM often significantly changes the license terms of the products.  For some customers that have purchased unlimited or site licensing with the prior software publishers, IBM’s changes can be surprising and expensive….

201512.27
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Oracle Minimum License Requirements

For many Oracle products, like Database, the license agreement or ordering documents contain minimum license requirements. Often, quantities of licenses necessary to satisfy the minimum licensing terms varies based on the edition of the license in question. For instance, customers are required to purchase additional Oracle Database Standard One Edition and Standard Edition Named User…

201512.27
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Unlimited License Agreements for Oracle Products

Technology departments are continuously looking for ways to reduce costs related to software. Many larger enterprises are considering licensing software products on an enterprise-wide basis. For Oracle products, an unlimited license agreement (“ULA”) approach can be beneficial in terms of license management, but the transition from a ULA back to limited licenses can present problems…

201104.08
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Attachmate Customers Should Prepare for Audit Demands

Businesses deploying software published by Attachmate Corporation should strongly consider making an effort now to review their license-compliance status. Attachmate is a major player in markets for various IT-infrastructure software solutions, and it has demonstrated its willingness to pursue litigation in support of its copyright-enforcement interests. For example, in April 2008, Attachmate pursued and reached…

201008.05
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Beware “Document Soup” Software Licensing

On July 22, 2010, software publisher AccuSoft sued Northrop Grumman Systems in federal court for breach of contract, copyright infringement and trademark infringement related to Northrop’s use of AccuSoft’s ImageGear and ImageTransport software. Northrop allegedly used and integrated AccuSoft’s products in the development of a paperless records information system it developed for the U.S. military….