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Do Vendors Use Software Audits to Scare Up New Contracts?

By Peter Procaccio, – IAITAM  There are several items to be concerned about when facing an audit from a software publisher. Software Licenses are permissive documents – they explain what you are permitted to do. Anything else is not permitted. Most licenses have a clause that gives them to audit your system for compliance. In all…

200909.03
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Court Rules SIIA May be Required to Disclose Indentity of Informant

In Solers, Inc. v. Doe, 2009 WL 2460862 (D.C. 2009), Solers, Inc. (“Solers”) filed an action against “John Doe” defendant, alleging defamation and tortious interference with prospective advantageous business opportunities based on a report to the SIIA alleging that Solers was using unlicensed software.  Solers served a subpoena on the SIIA to learn the informant’s identity….

200809.28
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A New Definition of Software Piracy

What is software piracy? Like many politically charged phrases, the definition of software piracy is influenced by your financial interests and your viewpoint. The Software & Information Industry Association recognizes several types of piracy, including, softlifting (installing a single licensed copy of software on several machines), unrestricted client access, hard-disk loading, OEM piracy, commercial use…

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Beware of the License Police

Published in Law Technology News February 2, 2006 Shrinking IT budgets, fierce competition and a mature software market have increased the motivation for software publishers (such as Microsoft Corp., Adobe Systems Inc., Oracle) to conduct software licensing audits — investigating their customers to determine if they have purchased enough licenses. Software audits can either be…