201804.17
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Fundamentals of Software Audit Data Collection

CLE* Webinar In order to effectively manage their software usage and to mitigate software license-compliance exposure, companies need to know how to gather information regarding their product usage. While some software products may have unique data-collection requirements that ordinarily would not be applicable for other products, usage levels for many products can be measured using…

201804.12
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Are Your Clients Ready for GDPR on May 25?

Robert J. Scott & Stephen F. Pinson, Headnotes, 03/23/18 What is GDPR? The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) becomes effective on May 25, 2018 and should give all in-house counsel and law firms cause for worry. GDPR is the most wide sweeping privacy regulation to hit the global market since the 1995 EU Data Protection…

201712.28
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What is a Microsoft SPLA Verified Self-Audit?

If you provide commercial hosting services using Microsoft’s Service Provider License Agreement (SPLA), you may become a target of an ever-increasing variety of license audits from Microsoft and its vendors.  The latest flavor of a Microsoft SPLA audit is the verified self-assessment or VSA.  The SPLA verified self-assessment differs from both the independent audit and…

201712.26
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How to Defend a Software Audit

Shrinking IT budgets and fierce competition among software publishers have created explosive growth in the incidence and frequency of software audits – a mechanism by which software publishers investigate their customers to determine if they are in compliance with software licenses and copyright laws. In addition to developing internal enforcement operations, many publishers have engaged…

201712.26
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What Service Providers Need to Know About GDPR: The Ins & Outs of the EU’s New Privacy Law

The General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) is looming. GDPR becomes effective May 2018. For Managed Service Providers, the risks of non-compliance can range from up to €20 million to 4% of annual revenues. It’s imperative that Managed Service Providers know what is necessary in assessing their compliance obligations with GDPR. The goal of this webinar…

201712.26
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Negotiating Enterprise Agreements with Microsoft

CAUCUS IT Procurement Summit, November 2017 As Microsoft and other major vendors emphasize their cloud offerings, the legal issues in enterprise agreements have shifted dramatically. The key issues in modern enterprise agreements are driven by privacy, security and regulatory compliance. Robert J. Scott discussed traditional and newly developed Microsoft licensing models, principal concerns about current…

201712.26
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Litigating Software Audit Disputes

The ITAM Review US Conference 2017 Software audits have become routine as publishers have proven that compliance claims get customers’ attention more than sales proposals. Most software license disputes are settled out of court, but what happens when you cannot negotiate a settlement with the publisher or one of its trade associations (BSA | The…

201712.05
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Scott & Scott: Boutique Intellectual Property And Technology Law Firm Located In The Dallas-Fort Worth Area

Scott & Scott is a boutique intellectual property and technology law firm located in Southlake, Texas (in the Dallas-Fort Worth area). Their firm was founded in 1999 on the premise that collaboration between legal and technology professionals is necessary to solve complex business problems. Below is our recent interview with Robert J. Scott from Scott & Scott.