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Lessons Learned in Over 500 Software License Disputes

Regardless of whether the publisher is Microsoft, Adobe, Autodesk, Oracle, IBM or any of their trade groups including the BSA | The Software Alliance, Scott & Scott, LLP sees common issues – here are the most critical ones.

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Scott & Scott, LLP Has Years Of Successful Experience Defending Software Audits

SuperbCrew, 11/8/16

Scott & Scott is a business and technology law firm that helps businesses aggressively protect their intellectual property, understand and comply with applicable laws and regulations, litigate and resolve disputes, and consummate complicated business transactions. Below is our interview with Robert J. Scott, Managing Partner at Scott & Scott, LLP.

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Software Licensing Tips To Reduce The Risk Of Legal Action

Michael O’Dwyer, ipswitch, 9/29/16

If you require software licensing tips, don’t expect your software vendors to be of any real help, given the prevalence of outsourced call centers by many of the world’s global players.

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BSA Pays Disgruntled Employees to Rat on ‘Pirating’ Bosses

Ernesto, Torrent Freak, 5/28/16

The Business Software Alliance, a trade group representing Adobe, Apple and Microsoft, is known to offer cash payments to people who help them find companies that run unlicensed software. Today we speak with an attorney who has represented more than 250 defendants in these cases, which are regularly triggered by disgruntled employees.

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Software Piracy Claims Can Ruin Your Business and Reward Those Responsible

Robert J. Scott, TechCrunch, 5/11/16

There is a highly divisive and costly practice that software companies have inflicted on their customers for nearly a decade. This practice brings with it significant emotional duress, time investment and financial penalties — all of which divert meaningful resources from revenue-driving activities.

And to add insult to injury, this practice very often rewards with financial gains the very perpetrators of bad behavior.

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Software audits: How high tech plays hardball

Dan Tynan, InfoWorld, 4/25/16

‘Truing up’ licenses amounts to billions of dollars in revenue for the major software makers. Here’s where the money goes — and how it’s extracted.

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Microsoft is still playing hardball when it comes to software payments, some partners complain

ulie Bort, Business Insider, 4/9/16

Software-licensing rules aren’t always clear, and some Microsoft partners say the company is taking advantage of that.

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Shadow IT: When Employees Become Bounty Hunters

Michael O’Dwyer, ipswitch, 4/11/16

Human error is responsible for more than half of all security breaches as of last year, making employees the biggest cyber threat of all. Shadow IT, on the other hand, is the deliberate installation of software that is not authorized by IT.

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What does an Oracle audit look like? This one certainly wasn’t pretty

atherine Noyes, CIO, 1/20/16

Oracle is at least as well-known for its aggressive licensing tactics as for its namesake database technology, and a recent dispute makes it clear that that reputation isn’t entirely unfounded.

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Beware hidden costs of Microsoft’s new Windows Server licensing

Serdar Yegulalp, InfoWorld, 1/19/16

The move to per-core licensing could increase the costs of Windows Server substantially and impact Software Assurance customers as well.

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How To Survive A Software Licensing Audit

Lisa Morgan, InformationWeek, 1/1/16

Enterprise IT organizations face software audits as a matter of doing business with large technology vendors. What’s the best approach to dealing with them? Here’s a look at what you should and shouldn’t do when you get that software licensing audit notice.

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Software Licensing Audits: Is Your Company Prepared?

Lisa Morgan, InformationWeek, 12/31/15

Software licensing audits can cause minor annoyance or excruciating pain, depending on their scope and how ready your enterprise is for the disruption and expense. We take a look at trends in software licensing audits and the ways they impact your IT organization and your business.

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Law firm warns of Oracle’s licensing ‘traps’

Katherine Noyes, ComputerWorld, 10/13/15

Oracle’s aggressive licensing practices have gained it considerable notoriety over the years, and on Tuesday, a Texas law firm specializing in technology issued a warning urging enterprises to beware.

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