Scott & Scott, LLP Presents “Six Secrets to Offering Commercial Services Using Microsoft SPLA”

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Learn how to determine the need for a Microsoft license that conveys "commercial hosting rights". Robert J. Scott, Managing Partner, and attorney Christopher Barnett, will discuss Microsoft SPLA licensing in a free CLE* webinar on April 1.

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Establish a SPLA policy to mitigate audit risk.

The question of whether a company needs a Microsoft Service Provider License Agreement (SPLA) will be answered in Scott & Scott, LLP’s April 1 one-hour complimentary CLE* webinar--“Six Secrets to Offering Commercial Services Using Microsoft SPLA”.

Scott & Scott, LLP is an intellectual property and technology law firm with a practice area specialization in software licensing and audits.The law firm’s Managing Partner, Robert J. Scott, and attorney, Christopher Barnett, both of whom have extensive experience handling Microsoft license agreements, are the presenters.

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 an Enterprise Agreement or other volume license agreements for internal use applications and a SPLA for customer or vendor facing platforms.

Attendees will learn:

  • How to determine if you need to consider a Microsoft licensing option that conveys “commercial hosting” rights
  • How to compare licensing costs for SPLA and Self-Hosted Environments
  • The rules for licensing customer-facing environments under a “bring your own licenses” (BYOL) model in multi-tenant and dedicated environments
  • How to establish a SPLA Policy and Procedure documentation to mitigate audit risk
  • Why and how to amend your customer agreements to comply with the Microsoft SPLA
  • How to use free tools that Microsoft’s auditors use in SPLA audits to manage your monthly true-up process

Robert J. Scott, Managing Partner, Scott & Scott, LLP. represents mid-market and large enterprise companies in software license transactions and disputes with major software publishers such as Adobe, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, and SAP. He has defended over 225 software audit matters initiated by software piracy trade groups such as the BSA and SIIA. He is counsel to some of the world's largest corporations on information technology matters including intellectual property licensing, risk management, data privacy, and outsourcing.

Christopher Barnett represents clients in a variety of business, intellectual property and IT-related contexts, with matters involving trademark registration and enforcement, software and licensing disputes and litigation, and mergers, divestments and service transactions. Christopher's practice includes substantial attention to concerns faced by media & technology companies and to disputes involving new media, especially the fast-evolving content on the Internet.

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Scott & Scott, LLP ( is a leading intellectual property and technology law firm representing businesses in matters involving software licensing. Scott & Scott’s legal and technology professionals provide software audit defense and software compliance solutions, all protected by attorney-client and work-product privileges.

*Texas CLE (California Bar pending)

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