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Surpises & Gotchas in Your IBM License Agreements

Compliance Manager Summit, March 2017 During this session, Scott & Scott, LLP partner Julie Machal-Fulks discussed some of the challenges that organizations encounter when trying to ensure compliance with their IBM license agreements. When it comes to IBM products, many companies cannot easily or quickly verify compliance, and the risks associated with IBM licensing can be severe. …

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Audit Defense, The Legal Perspective

ITAM Review Annual US Conference, September 2016 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 |…

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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…

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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…