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Oracle Licensing Considerations

Oracle software is used by a wide range of enterprises. Oracle has recently increased its auditing efforts, and has aggressively targeted many of its customers for in-depth audits resulting in millions of dollars in financial demands. In this webinar, Julie Machal-Fulks discusses typical Oracle licensing metrics, Oracle audit approaches, common surprises in Oracle audits, and legal…

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Legal Risks of IBM Licensing

Because IBM products like WebSphere, DB2, Tivoli, Informix, and Lotus Notes are expensive, and companies cannot easily or quickly verify compliance, the risks associated with IBM licensing can be severe.  For example, if a company is trying to license under IBM’s Sub-Capacity license rules and fails to adhere to all of the requirements, IBM often…

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Autodesk Audits: The Importance of Serial Numbers

In many software audits, the auditing entity like the Business Software Alliance or the Software & Information Industry Association requires a dated proof of purchase to demonstrate when a license for a software product was acquired. However, in audits initiated by Autodesk, the serial number can play a crucial role in demonstrating ownership. Autodesk products…

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Responding to Autodesk Audits

The BSA and SIIA are not the only organizations pursuing business for software copyright infringement. Though it is a member of both the BSA and SIIA, Autodesk, which manufactures the popular design software AutoCAD, often pursues audit targets on its own. The audits begin much like those instituted by the BSA or SIIA. The target…

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The Best Defense is a Good Offense: How the Certification Revisions will Help Reduce Licensing Liability for MSPs

MSP Alliance offers the oldest certification program for cloud computing and managed services providers, MSP/Cloud Verify Program (MSPCV), based on ten control objectives of the United Standard for Cloud & MSPs (UCS).  One set of questions incorporated into the UCS earlier this year will help MSPs identify potential licensing risks and will allow the MSP…

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The Importance of Escrow Agreements in Software and Technology License Agreements

Julie Machal-Fulks, Texas Lawyer, June 2016 Some of their most integral software applications businesses use are under another party’s control. When each party is upholding its end of the licensing bargain, these relationships can be long-lasting and useful. But, in some instances, the licensee can no longer access software on which it relies because the…