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Copyright Infringement Defense: Know When to Consult an Expert

Even though software audits are commonplace in many businesses, recipients of audit notices make many mistakes when it comes to audit responses.  Because software publishers can often assert claims for copyright infringement if the audit goes badly, it is important to manage the audit effectively from the outset.  Some companies do not respond to the…

201705.09
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Intellectual Property Liability Considerations for M&A Transactions

Keli Johnson Swan, The Licensing Journal, April 2017 Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) typically require extensive financial and legal disclosures, due diligence, and complex contract language to protect buyers from legal issues that may arise from the purchase. Potential liability arising from intellectual property issues is a significant factor to consider in any M&A transaction. Following are a…

201701.19
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Avoid Overpaying for Software Settlements

Most software audits initiated by the software publisher or a third party entity authorized to pursue copyright infringement claims on behalf of the software publishers, such as the BSA| The Software Alliance (“BSA”) or the Software & Industry Information Association (“SIIA”), are resolved outside of a courtroom.  Many of the settlements require payment of a…

201609.20
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Ethical Considerations for Software Audits

Software audits initiated by software publishers and trade associations such as The Business Software Alliance (“BSA”) and Software & Industry Information Association (“SIIA”) are on the rise. A company should be aware of the implications of the process and strategy decisions related to how the data is collected. Traditional protections of the data under the…

201609.20
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Surviving Autodesk Audits

Autodesk products are used by more than 10 million architects, designers, engineers, manufacturers, and digital artists across multiple industries, including architecture, engineering, construction, manufacturing, automotive, media and entertainment, and utilities and telecommunications. For every legal copy of Autodesk software sold in the marketplace, five more illegitimate copies are distributed. What does this mean for the…

201609.14
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Autodesk Targets Architects In Software Audits

Autodesk routinely conducts software audits to determine whether businesses have unlicensed copies of its software installed on their computers. Architecture firms typically represent a significant portion of the targets of such audits – many such firms are heavily reliant on Autodesk software due to Autodesk’s dominance in the market for computer-aided design software and due…