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How To Survive A Software Licensing Audit

Lisa Morgan, InformationWeek, 1/1/16 Enterprise IT organizations face software audits as a matter of doing business with large technology vendors. What’s the best approach to dealing with them? Here’s a look at what you should and shouldn’t do when you get that software licensing audit notice.

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Software Licensing Audits: Is Your Company Prepared?

Lisa Morgan, InformationWeek, 12/31/15 Software licensing audits can cause minor annoyance or excruciating pain, depending on their scope and how ready your enterprise is for the disruption and expense. We take a look at trends in software licensing audits and the ways they impact your IT organization and your business.

201602.11
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Why Enterprise Clients Should Choose User-based Software Licensing Metrics

I am a technology attorney in Texas specializing in software license transactions and disputes with the major software publishers including Microsoft, Adobe, Oracle and IBM. I represent some of the world’s largest corporations in enterprise software license transactions. I have been involved in more than 600 software license disputes in the last 10 years and…

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How to Find the Best Lawyer for Your BSA Audit Case

I am a partner in Scott & Scott, LLP a firm that focuses on technology law matters in Southlake, Texas.  We represent companies accused of software piracy by industry trade groups such as the Business Software Alliance and Software Information and Industry Association.  I had my first encounter with the BSA in 2004 when they…

201601.15
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When to Buy vs. Uninstall in SIIA Audits

One of the most common mistakes I encounter in SIIA audits is what I call the post-effective date software buying spree. The buying spree occurs in response to a letter from the SIIA’s attorneys requesting a self audit. Many clients are discouraged to learn that software purchases made after the date of the SIIA’s initial…

201601.07
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Microsoft SAM – An Audit by Another Name

When I heard a Microsoft executive recently explain its new approach to software license compliance enforcement, I couldn’t believe my ears. Statements like, “Microsoft does not endorse audits,” and “Microsoft believes that most of its customers want to be in compliance, they just need help with tool deployment and reconciliation,” sounded too good to be…

201601.05
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IBM Initiates Expansive Compliance Audits

IBM has begun a comprehensive program of compliance audits of its software clients. Scott & Scott’s clients have begun receiving letters from IBM Software Compliance demanding cooperation with a “routine assessment” of the client’s deployment of IBM software. According to the letter, IBM employs the services of Deloitte, LLP to conduct these audits and states…

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Stephen Pinson Joins Scott & Scott, LLP

Scott & Scott, LLP announces the addition of Stephen Pinson as Associate Attorney. Stephen Pinson is a graduate of Hofstra Law School and a member of the New York and Texas Bar. Prior to joining the firm, Stephen practiced in high-stakes securities litigation, regulation, and enforcement actions. He spent the majority of his time prosecuting…

201411.22
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Audits in the Cloud

Traditionally, software audits were conducted by gaining access to software installations and reviewing entitlements. Theoretically, if a customer is using a cloud product accessed by login credentials, then audits wouldn’t be an issue because the software publisher would be in complete control of the customers’ access to its systems. But, audits can still be a…