If you have been contacted by Autodesk, you need experienced counsel to protect your business. Scott & Scott, LLP is one of the only U.S. firms with a dedicated practice group focusing on defending companies accused of software piracy by Autodesk. Our lawyers have counseled many businesses in your situation. Our lawyers and technology professionals have the technical and legal skills necessary to vigorously fight for your interests against an Autodesk Audit
A typical target of an Autodesk audit will receive a letter from a law firm representing Autodesk demanding the business’ cooperation in disclosing the number Autodesk installations on its network and the number of Autodesk licenses it owns, including serial numbers. The law firm Donahue Gallagher Woods will assert it has received information that indicates you have more installations of Autodesk software than you are licensed to use. The letter will go on to describe the various penalties associated with copyright infringement and it may threaten you with civil litigation.
Targets who receive letters in an Autodesk audit should treat the matter very seriously. It is important to know your legal rights and protect your legal position before responding to a request for an Autodesk audit. Additionally, many companies who prepare their own responses to Autodesk without the benefit of counsel and before conducting a thorough investigation often receive an unexpectedly high settlement offer from Autodesk. We advise our Autodesk audit clients to ensure that license reconciliations are protected by the attorney-client and work-product privileges if possible.
In many cases, Autodesk demands a settlement payment calculated as the MSRP of the allegedly unauthorized products installed on your network multiplied by an arbitrary multiplier that Autodesk claims is the penalty for using unauthorized software and is assessed in lieu of proceeding with formal judicial resolution. The use of multipliers as an approximation of damages is a hotly contested issue.
When responding to Autodesk audit requests, you should work with experienced counsel to thoroughly investigate the software usage on your computers, protect yourself by requesting an agreement from Autodesk regarding the use of the materials that will be produced in the audit, and negotiate a resolution geared toward ensuring future compliance. Our lawyers and technology professionals can guide you through every step of the Autodesk audit process.