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How to Survive a Nasty Software Vendor Audit

Kristin Burnham, CIO.com, 04/30/2018 When software vendor auditors push too far, enterprise technology leaders must be prepared to push back. In an extreme case, the food company Mars (best known for Snickers and M&M’s candies) filed a lawsuit petitioning the court to order Oracle’s auditors to back off. Following the initial “license review” order from Oracle in…

201712.26
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How to Defend a Software Audit

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 licenses and copyright laws. In addition to developing internal enforcement operations, many publishers have engaged…

201712.26
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Litigating Software Audit Disputes

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 settlement with the publisher or one of its trade associations (BSA | The…

201710.30
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License Ambiguities in Software Audits

Without a contractual provision to the contrary, ambiguous terms in a software license will be construed against the software publisher. Provided that there are no other business factors that would make litigation unwise, an ambiguous license agreement is the situation most likely to lead to litigation. Construction against the Drafter When dealing with ambiguities, it…

201710.30
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Unbundling Software Suites in Software Audits

One of the most controversial tactics the software policing agencies use when calculating its settlement demands is its practice of unbundling software suites such as Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Suite. Unbundling occurs when the target of an agency audit is unable to provide acceptable proof of purchase for one or more installation of a…

201706.26
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Scott & Scott, LLP Voted Technology Law Firm of the Year USA

SOUTHLAKE, TEXAS (PRWEB) JUNE 06, 2017 Scott & Scott, LLP, a boutique technology law-firm in Southlake, Texas has been named Technology Law Firm of the Year by Finance Monthly two years in a row. The Finance Monthly Law Awards 2017 recognizes law firms and legal professionals who have outperformed their peers through dedication to client…

201704.26
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Scott & Scott, LLP Named Technology Law Firm of the Year – USA

SOUTHLAKE, TEXAS (PRWEB) APRIL 26, 2017 Boutique law firm,Scott & Scott, LLP, was honored by Lawyers Worldwide Magazine as Technology Law Firm of the Year – USA in the April 17th edition of Super Lawyers 2017. The recently released edition features in-depth information with selected winners. You can read about Scott & Scott on Page…

201704.03
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Successfully Defending Software Audits

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 licenses and copyright laws. In addition to developing internal enforcement operations, many publishers have engaged…