If your company is facing a software audit, Scott & Scott, LLP can help. Software audits by software publishers and their trade groups are on the rise. Many companies are paying substantial fines and suffering negative publicity resulting from license compliance investigations. If your business runs software published by Microsoft, Adobe, Autodesk, IBM, Oracle you may be at risk for a software audit.
Scott & Scott, LLP has developed a comprehensive solution to respond to software audit matters including technology to perform a software inventory and analysis, IT professionals that understand the technology used in a variety of businesses, and experienced attorneys to handle the legal process.
Our professionals have assisted businesses with various types of software audit matters such as:
- Software audits initiated by the Business Software Alliance (BSA) and the Software Information Industry Association (SIIA)
- Software asset management engagements & SPLA license reviews initiated by Microsoft
- License compliance reviews by Oracle and IBM
- Audit requests from Adobe, Autodesk, and other software publishers
- Federal Copyright Infringement Litigation Involving Autodesk & the SIIA.
- Arbitration of Copyright Infringement Claims before the American Arbitration Association.
Scott & Scott, LLP has represented over 300 companies across the United States in software audit matters. We have the knowledge and experience to protect your legal rights throughout the burdensome and expensive software audit process.
Software Audit FAQ
Q. What happens if we ignore a request for a software audit?
A. Companies targeted for audit are not required to cooperate with the trade associations or publishers, but resolution without litigation is highly unlikely without an agreement from the target company to participate in a voluntary audit.
Q. What types of software audit matters should be handled by legal counsel?
A. In light of the highly specialized issues that arise in software audits, unrepresented or underrepresented clients generally make a series of common mistakes that jeopardize their legal position.
Q. What is the most common mistake company’s make in responding to a software audit?
A. The most common mistake we encounter in software audits is the failure to compile and produce accurate installation information.
Software Audit Experience
- Represented print management solutions firm against allegations of copyright infringement from the Business Software Alliance. Donahue Gallagher Woods represented the BSA. The BSA alleged unlicensed copies of numerous Adobe products. The case settled after two and half years for a fraction of the BSA's original settlement demand.
- Defended security alarm monitoring company with over one million customers in an IBM audit initiated by Deloitte involving IBM web sphere and DB2 licensing.
- Defended fortune 500 IT Services company in Microsoft audit resulting in a new $34,000,000 Microsoft Enterprise Agreement enrollment including a release of all compliance claims.