Q. What is the Software & Information Industry Association?

A.  The Software & Information Industry Association is an industry trade group whose members include software giants such as Adobe, Symantec, Macromedia, and Computer Associates.

Q. What authority does Software & Information Industry Association have to conduct and levy fines?

A.  The SIIA has no independent law enforcement authority of any kind. Its rights are derived from a power of attorney provided by its member software companies. Those companies have rights created by their software license agreements and under the laws protecting copyrights.

Q. What will happen if I ignore correspondence from the Software & Information Industry Association or its lawyers?

A.  The Software & Information Industry Association is well funded and very aggressive. Attempting to ignore the problem by not responding will likely make your problems worse, leaving the SIIA with no other option but to institute litigation against you and your company.

SIIA Audit Blogs

Ignorance is Not a Defense to Copyright Infringement Claims

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Software publishers, acting alone, or through a proxy such as the Business Software Alliance (“BSA”) or Software & Information Industry Association (“SIIA”), regularly audit customers or potential customers to ensure license compliance and deter against...

Costly Software Audit Mistakes

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BSA | The Software Alliance (BSA) and the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) are organizations that represent software publishers seeking to enforce the copyrights in the products they publish.  In furtherance of this goal,...

SIIA Audit Timeline

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One of the top ten questions asked by my clients is “How long does the SIIA self-audit process take from start to finish?” Of course I give the standard lawyer answer: it depends. Here are...

SIIA Audit Articles

Beware of the License Police

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Published in Law Technology News February 2, 2006 Shrinking IT budgets, fierce competition and a mature software market have increased the motivation for software publishers (such as Microsoft Corp., Adobe Systems Inc., Oracle) to conduct...

SIIA Audit News

Do Vendors Use Software Audits to Scare Up New Contracts?

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By Peter Procaccio, – IAITAM  There are several items to be concerned about when facing an audit from a software publisher. Software Licenses are permissive documents – they explain what you are permitted to do. Anything...