The risks associated with IBM licensing can be severe
Southlake, Texas (PRWEB) March 15, 2012
“Because IBM products like WebSphere, DB2, Tivoli, Informix, and Lotus Notes are expensive, and companies cannot easily or quickly verify compliance, the risks associated with IBM licensing can be severe,” said Julie Machal-Fulks, Scott & Scott, LLP partner. For example, if a company is trying to license under IBM’s Sub-Capacity license rules and fails to adhere to all of the requirements, IBM often demands enough licenses to cover the full capacity of the computers on which the software is installed.
Ms. Machal-Fulks will discuss some of the challenges that organizations encounter when trying to ensure compliance with their IBM license agreements. In some instances, the costs associated with non-compliance can be millions of dollars. Proper licensing is critical to avoid unexpected liabilities.
The following topics will be covered:
- Licensing obligations for IBM software
- Determining what agreements govern the relationship
- Sub-Capacity Licensing
(b) Virtualization and Load Balancing
- How IBM acquisitions affect licensing
- Case Studies
About Julie Machal-Fulks:
As a partner at Scott & Scott, LLP, Julie Machal-Fulks leads a team of attorneys in representing and defending clients in legal matters relating to information technology. Her practice focuses on complex litigation ranging from privacy and network security, data breach notification and crisis management, intellectual property disputes, service provider negligence claims, and content-based injuries such as copyright and trademark infringement in software, the Internet, and all forms of tangible media.
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About Scott & Scott, LLP:
Scott & Scott, LLP (http://www.scottandscottllp.com) is a boutique intellectual property and technology law firm with an emphasis on software disputes, technology transactions, brand protection, data privacy, and federal litigation. Our lawyers and technology professionals take a principled approach to each engagement, leveraging our experience to provide value. Our clients range from mature small businesses to publicly traded multi-national corporations who work proactively with us to creatively solve business and legal issues. We regularly work as part of a team of in-house and outside attorneys managing large-scale legal projects. We take the time to listen to a client’s objectives and understand its business before developing a custom strategy and project plan designed to give the client visibility into the process and the potential outcomes.