The Software Audit Experience: The Legal and Financial Issues in Software Compliance Audits

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IAITAM hosts a webinar on software compliance audits presented by Robert J. Scott, of intellectual property law firm Scott & Scott, LLP, on July 21.

The International Association of Information Technology Asset Managers, Inc. (IAITAM) is the host of The Software Audit Experience, a webinar on July 21 at 2:00 pm EDT. Robert J. Scott, Managing Partner, Scott & Scott, LLP, a Dallas-based intellectual property law firm with years of experience with software audits, will address the legal and financial issues involved in software audits. There will be an open Q&A session and discussion following Rob’s presentation.

Rob Scott says: “My firm has defended more than 130 companies across the U.S. and Canada against allegations of software piracy. Our clients have ranged from one person lumber yards in South Dakota to companies with thousands of employees in Texas. There appears to be explosive growth in the incidence and frequency of software audits as a result of shrinking IT budgets and fierce competition among software publishers.”

Software audits are 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 trade associations, such as the Business Software Alliance (BSA) and the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), to perform enforcement activity under power of attorney.

Webinar attendees will learn how audits are initiated and tips to avoid common costly mistakes.

John Tomeny, IAITAM Fellow, VP Business Development at Sassafras Software, Inc. will introduce Rob Scott and submit questions to him from IAITAM members regarding the audit process.

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International Association of Information Technology Asset Managers, Inc. (“IAITAM”) is the professional association for individuals and organizations involved in any aspect of IT Asset Management (“ITAM”), Software Asset Management (“SAM”), Hardware Asset Management, and the lifecycle processes for IT Asset Management in organizations of every size and industry across the globe. Serving IT Asset Management professionals in more than eighteen countries around the world, IAITAM’s mission is to provide centralized real-world based skills development for the IT professional and to promulgate an understanding of IT Asset Management best practices and their value to an organization. Through specialized training, IAITAM provides a common base of understanding, terminology and a broader perspective on the opportunities for IT Asset Management through the contributions of its Members. Members include specialists in Software Asset Management, Hardware Asset Management, Negotiations, Procurement and Property Management, just to name a few. IAITAM is unique in that providers of services and tools are included as members of the association, offering an equal opportunity to add their knowledge and experiences into the centralized information source that is IAITAM. For more information, go to http://www.iaitam.org.

Scott & Scott,LLP is a law and technology services firm dedicated to helping senior executives assess and reduce the legal, financial, and regulatory risks associated with software compliance. Scott & Scott’s legal and technology professionals provide software audit defense and software compliance solutions, all protected by attorney-client and work-product privileges.

Robert J. Scott, Managing Partner of Scott & Scott, LLP, has built a global practice representing clients on issues where technology, media and the law intersect. His personal speaking engagements include webinars, continuing legal education seminars, and media appearances.

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