Software Compliance Disputes
Scott & Scott, LLP’s attorneys and technology professionals have extensive experience solving business and legal issues related to software.
Whether you are faced with a software audit, struggling with software license compliance, or engaging in software licensing transactions, Scott & Scott can help. We aggressively defend businesses accused of software piracy by trade associations like the Business Software Alliance and the Software and Information Industry Association.
An SIIA Audit or BSA Audit can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars in settlement payments, software purchases, and attorneys’ fees. Seeking experienced counsel like Scott & Scott can help you reduce the costs associated with an SIIA Audit or a BSA Audit. We also represent end-user clients in software license disputes and transactions with major software publishers including Microsoft, BEA, Borland, Sybase, Adobe, Symantec, Oracle and many others.
Our lawyers and software licensing consultants advise clients on all aspects of enterprise software licensing. If your business is facing a complex software licensing problem, contact Scott & Scott for a free consultation or demonstration of Scott & Scott’s Compliance Manager.
Scott & Scott, LLP has represented hundreds of companies accused of software piracy by the Business Software Alliance. Our highly focused team of attorneys and technology consultants can guide your business through every step of the BSA Audit process. Whether your company is already under investigation or just concerned about exposure, our lawyers have the technical and legal experience necessary to protect your business against the Business Software Alliance.
Scott & Scott, LLP represents clients in Microsoft audit matters conducted by the BSA, Microsoft SAM consultants, and for internal purposes. Our lawyers and technology consultants conduct Microsoft audit work related to annual true-ups, compliance initiatives, outsourcing contracts, and in connection with acquisition and divestitures. Scott & Scott’s Compliance Manager ™ is an automated software discovery and license reconciliation tool used to assist clients in connection with a Microsoft Audit.
Scott & Scott’s experienced attorneys can help your company navigate Oracle’s license management and audit processes. We can interpret your existing license agreements, help you complete an Oracle Server Worksheet, make compliance recommendations, and assist you with resolving licensing disputes. We will help you develop a strategy designed to provide value while achieving your business objectives.
Scott & Scott, LLP has a dedicated practice group focusing on defending companies accused of software license violations by IBM. 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 IBM audit.
Many firms that resell Cisco products are being aggressively audited. Scott & Scott, LLP represents clients who are audited by Cisco. Audited companies need to be familiar with the data collection requests that Cisco’s team makes when conducting its investigation, including hardware sales invoices, records related to maintenance and support, and including documents related to your relationship with your customers. Our lawyers are familiar with the methodologies used by Cisco when auditing its resellers and end-users.
Scott & Scott, LLP has extensive experience representing clients audited by Autodesk through their counsel Donahue Gallagher & Woods. Autodesk is among the most aggressive software publishers in its approach to license compliance enforcement. When responding to an Autodesk audit request, companies should work with experienced counsel to thoroughly investigate the matter and provide strategic advise based upon current and future business objective.
Scott & Scott, LLP has a practice group dedicated to defending Software & Information Industry Association audits. If you have been accused of software piracy by the SIIA, you need experienced counsel to guide you through every step of the SIIA audit process. Our lawyers have the technical and legal experience necessary to protect your business against the SIIA.
Scott & Scott, LLP represents clients in Informatica audits, which are typically conducted by Informatica (“LMS”), a team of internal auditors. Our lawyers and technology consultants are familiar with the data collection process used by Informatica LMS and the strategies used by Informatica’s compliance teams in negotiating audit resolutions. We can assist your company with all phases of the Informatica audit process.
Scott & Scott, LLP represents clients who are audited by Vmware. Audited companies need to be familiar with the tools and queries that VMware’s team uses to conduct its investigation, including automated reports generated for virtualization environments and Active Directory queries. Our lawyers and technology consultants are familiar with those tools and queries and with the methodologies used by VMware.