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To SPLA or Not to SPLA – Microsoft Licensing for the Hosting Services Provider

Microsoft publishes what have become industry standards for numerous different software products, and the market for hosted software solutions that incorporate or that are built on Microsoft programs is a lucrative one. However, Microsoft has very specific licensing requirements for making its products available to end users through commercial hosting services, and the failure to…

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Software Compliance Risks in M&A Transactions

IP rights are becoming increasingly important in asset and stock transactions involving business computers and software.  The complexity of software licenses makes it difficult to understand which licenses should and can be transferred as part of an asset acquisition or divestiture.  Increasingly, enterprise software publishers see business combinations between their customers as creating additional revenue…

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Six Secrets to Offering Commercial Hosting Services using Microsoft SPLA

In its OEM, retail and volume license agreements, Microsoft prohibits its customers from using its products for “commercial hosting services.” That prohibition leaves a major hole in Microsoft’s license grant for IT and software service providers and for any other companies with customer-facing applications hosted on Microsoft infrastructure. As a result, many companies now require…

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Negotiating Enterprise Licensing and Cloud Service Agreements with Microsoft

Software licensing options for large enterprises have evolved substantially over the past several years. Businesses today have more options and flexibility to meet their software needs. However, with that flexibility often comes complex software asset management (SAM) obligations. Licensing models that were previously unavailable absent extensive negotiations are now regularly offered. IT teams must equip…

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Cloud Contracts to Minimize Risks

Cloud contracts expose both the client and the service provider to risks not present in more traditional technology service or software transactions. The transformation from on-premises software deployments to cloud based models has widespread implication for data privacy, security, and regulatory compliance. Robert Scott addresses each element that contributes to privacy and security risk in…

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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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Spotlight on ITAM Review Conference 2016 Speakers

The ITAM Review, May 17, 2016 We’re pleased to announce the details of some of our confirmed conference speakers at our upcoming US conference in Florida on 19th & 20th September and UK conference in London on 4th & 5th October. Here we put 3 of our confirmed speakers under the spotlight. More speaker details can be…

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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…