Hot Topics in Software Licensing Disputes & Audits
Oklahoma Bar Association Intellectual Property Law Section Seminar & Midyear Meeting, June 2016
Ethical Considerations for Software Audits
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 the implications...
Fresno County pays IBM $2.3 million following software audit
Marc Benjamin, The Fresno Bee, 7/24/16 Fresno County paid IBM almost $2.3 million after a software-licensing audit revealed too many workers were using unlicensed IBM software in county departments.
Autodesk Settlement Agreements: Beware Restrictive Superseding License Terms
A software audit typically resolves in one of three ways: a dismissal, a settlement, or litigation. The most common path to resolution is a settlement between the parties for potential copyright infringement stemming from allegedly...
Is Microsoft Trying to Kill Self-Hosting?
Earlier this year, with no fanfare (which is perhaps unsurprising), Microsoft implemented a significant change to its Product Terms pertaining to Software Assurance (SA) benefits that likely will have a significant licensing impact for companies...
Negotiating Software Contracts: Successfully Negotiating A Warranty Section
Stephen F. Pinson, The Licensing Journal, August 2016 A warranty is one of the most important contract provisions in a software contract. The warranty section deals with the performance of the software and what the licensor promises the software will...