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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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How to Mitigate Five IBM Licensing Risks

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

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…

201708.29
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Hot Topics in Microsoft Enterprise License & Cloud Agreements

Join Robert J. Scott, who represents some of the world’s largest companies in enterprise transactions with Microsoft, to learn how the legal issues in enterprise agreements have shifted dramatically as Microsoft and other major vendors emphasize their cloud offerings. The key issues in modern enterprise agreements are driven by privacy, security and regulatory compliance. This…

201704.26
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Reselling Microsoft SPLA & Cloud

Many data center operators are considering adding cloud solutions to their menu of services. The market for hosted software solutions that incorporate or that are built on Microsoft programs is a lucrative one. However, Microsoft has very specific licensing requirements for making its products available to end users through commercial hosting services, and the failure…

201704.03
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Successfully Defending Software Audits

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…

201609.20
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To SPLA or Not to SPLA – Microsoft Licensing for the Hosting Services Provider

Microsoft publishes what have become industry standards for numerous different software products, and the market for hosted software solutions that incorporate or that are built on Microsoft programs is a lucrative one. However, Microsoft has very specific licensing requirements for making its products available to end users through commercial hosting services, and the failure to…

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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Hot Topics in Adobe Licensing

Adobe software is used by a wide range of professionals, from administrative, executive, and creative professionals in advertising, marketing, broadcasting, media and entertainment, photography, publishing, education, high tech, government, financial services, gaming and retail. Adobe has recently increased its auditing efforts, and has aggressively targeted many of its customers for in-depth audits resulting in millions…

201609.20
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Software Compliance Risks in M&A Transactions

IP rights are becoming increasingly important in asset and stock transactions involving business computers and software.  The complexity of software licenses makes it difficult to understand which licenses should and can be transferred as part of an asset acquisition or divestiture.  Increasingly, enterprise software publishers see business combinations between their customers as creating additional revenue…