GDPR – Competitive Edge for MSPs

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The General Data Protection Regulation ("GDPR") became effective May 2018. The risks of non-compliance can range from up to €20 million to 4% of annual revenues but understanding and implementing GDPR compliance obligations can help Managed Service Providers maintain a com......

Oracle Licensing and Audit Challenges

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Oracle software is used by a wide range of enterprises. Oracle's audit practice has continued to grow and many customers are surprised by the outcomes in Oracle audits. In some instances, audits results in millions of dollars in licensing exposure. During this webinar, att......

How to Know When You Need Legal Advice

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SAM Summit 2018, Speaker: Julie Machal-Fulks, Scott & Scott, LLP Just because you’re not a lawyer doesn’t mean you don’t need to understand the legalese in software contracts, especially the known problem areas. In this roundtable discussion with Julie Machal-Fulk......

Negotiating Enterprise Agreements with Microsoft

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As Microsoft and other major vendors emphasize their cloud offerings, the legal issues in enterprise agreements have shifted dramatically.  The key issues in modern enterprise agreements are driven by privacy, security and regulatory compliance.  Robert J. Scott will discu......

GDPR is Coming – Are You Ready? A Roadmap for Controllers

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The General Data Protection Regulation ("GDPR") is looming. GDPR becomes effective May 25, 2018. For Companies, the risks of non-compliance can range from up to €20 million to 4% of annual revenues. It's imperative that companies know what is necessary in assessing their c......

Fundamentals of Software Audit Data Collection

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In order to effectively manage their software usage and to mitigate software license-compliance exposure, companies need to know how to gather information regarding their product usage. While some software products may have unique data-collection requirements that ordinarily......

GDPR is Coming – Are You Ready?

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IT Procurement Academy 2018, Speaker: Robert J. Scott, Scott & Scott, LLP The General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) is looming. GDPR becomes effective May 25, 2018. For Companies, the risks of non-compliance can range from up to €20 million to 4% of annual r......

Post-Settlement Obligations in Software Settlements

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A settlement agreement to resolve software copyright infringement claims is not the final word in obtaining a release of liability. There are a number of obligations triggered by the settlement agreement that cannot be ignored to avoid jeopardizing the release of liability. ......

Five IBM Licensing Obstacles and How to Mitigate Them

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CM Summit 2018, Speaker: Julie Machal- Fulks, Scott & Scott, LLP Because IBM products like WebSphere, DB2, Tivoli, Informix, and Lotus Notes are expensive, and companies cannot easily or quickly verify compliance, the risks associated with IBM licensing can be severe. ......

GDPR: What Every MSP Need To Know

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MSPWorld 2018, Speaker: Rob Scott, Scott & Scott, LLP General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a European legal framework designed to protect European citizens and their sensitive data. While many MSPs not located in Europe may think GDPR does not concern them, thi......

Is Your Managed Services Pricing Putting You At Risk?

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MSPWorld 2018, Speaker: Julie Machal-Fulks, Partner, Scott & Scott LLP MSPs put a lot of thought into pricing their managed services offerings. Winning new business is often as much about the pricing as it is about selecting a vendor that the customer trusts. But, wha......

Software License Due Diligence in M&A Deals

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This CLE webinar provides guidance for M&A counsel on conducting software license due diligence before closing the deal. The panel will explain key considerations when evaluating open source and other software assets and discuss best practices to mitigate the risk of acq......

How to Defend a Software Audit

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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 l......

How to Mitigate Five IBM Licensing Risks

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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......

Negotiating Enterprise Agreements with Microsoft

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CAUCUS IT Procurement Summit, November 2017 As Microsoft and other major vendors emphasize their cloud offerings, the legal issues in enterprise agreements have shifted dramatically. The key issues in modern enterprise agreements are driven by privacy, security and regulato......

Litigating Software Audit Disputes

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The ITAM Review US Conference 2017 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 ......

Hot Topics in Microsoft Enterprise License & Cloud Agreements

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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 k......

Reselling Microsoft SPLA & Cloud

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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 ......

Successfully Defending Software Audits

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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 l......

Negotiating Enterprise Agreements with Microsoft

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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 k......

What’s Hidden in Your SPLA?

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MSPs have a variety of licensing options with their vendors. But, which license options are the best for your MSP practice? At the MSPAlliance MSPWorld Conference in October 2016, managed services contract guru, Julie Machal-Fulks, discussed the many licensing options curren......

Surpises & Gotchas in Your IBM License Agreements

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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, m......

Audit Defense, The Legal Perspective

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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 settle......

Ethical Considerations for Software Audits

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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 t......

Hot Topics in Adobe Licensing

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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 ret......

Software Compliance Risks in M&A Transactions

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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 div......

Six Secrets to Negotiating Managed Services Agreements

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You and your team worked hard to get the sale, don't let the paperwork stand in your way of closing the deal. This webinar explores how to use documents that successfully protect your interests but don't scare your customers and prospects away. Julie Machal-Fulks examines......

Surviving Autodesk Audits

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Autodesk products are used by more than 10 million architects, designers, engineers, manufacturers, and digital artists across multiple industries, including architecture, engineering, construction, manufacturing, automotive, media and entertainment, and utilities and teleco......

Oracle Licensing Considerations

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Oracle software is used by a wide range of enterprises. Oracle has recently increased its auditing efforts, and has aggressively targeted many of its customers for in-depth audits resulting in millions of dollars in financial demands. In this webinar, Julie Machal-Fulks di......

Legal Risks of IBM Licensing

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Because IBM products like WebSphere, DB2, Tivoli, Informix, and Lotus Notes are expensive, and companies cannot easily or quickly verify compliance, the risks associated with IBM licensing can be severe.  For example, if a company is trying to license under IBM's Sub-Capaci......

Cloud Contracts to Minimize Risks

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Cloud contracts expose both the client and the service provider to risks not present in more traditional technology service or software transactions. The transformation from on-premises software deployments to cloud based models has widespread implication for data privacy, s......

Software as a Service & Cloud Contracts: Avoiding the Risks

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Software delivered as a service or through cloud computing can help reduce costs, provide accounting advantages, and offer unprecedented flexibility, but it can also come with increased risk. Learn how to balance the risks of these services when negotiating contracts.  ...