Software Audit Trend Continues in 2013 Predicts Scott & Scott, LLP

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Significant increase in software audits forecasted to continue in second half of the year according to Scott & Scott, LLP, a law firm with a dedicated software audit defense practice.

Robert J. Scott, Managing Partner, Scott & Scott, LLP

Properly preparing for and responding to software audits can reduce the financial and organizational impact.

Scott & Scott, LLP, an intellectual property and technology law firm, predicts that the trend of software publishers and their trade associations – BSA | The Software Alliance and the Software & Information Industry Association – increasing software audit demands will continue for the second half of this year and beyond.

“This prediction is based on what we see with our clients and from the numerous inquiries we receive from prospective companies requesting assistance with software audits. Declines in publisher revenues the last few years as a result of the economy, shrinking IT budgets, transition from personal computers to mobile devices, increasing adoption of cloud services, have created explosive growth in publisher (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, Autodesk, Adobe and Oracle) and trade association initiated software audits (BSA, SIIA)”, said Robert J. Scott, Managing Partner, of Scott & Scott, LLP.

BSA, SIIA, and publisher-initiated audits are costly, time consuming, and a drain on employee productivity. Many companies who are unprepared are paying substantial fines. Properly preparing for and responding to software audits can reduce the financial and organizational impact on your business.

Companies that have effectively mitigated the risks of software audits can answer “yes” to the following Audit Readiness Assessment questions:

  • Does your organization conduct routine discovery on 100 percent of its desktops, laptops, and servers?
  • Can your organization conduct on short notice a complete reconciliation correlating all installed software to appropriate proofs of purchase?
  • Has your organization implemented appropriate electronic controls to prevent unauthorized software-title proliferation?
  • Has your organization implemented well-defined processes for retaining and retrieving software licenses and invoice documentation?

If you did not answer YES to the four questions, make software asset management a priority. “Maintenance is less expensive than an audit fire drill,” Scott says, and far less disruptive to the organization. He recommends at least yearly (or better, quarterly) self-audits.

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About Scott & Scott, LLP ( ( is a leading intellectual property and technology law firm representing businesses in matters involving software licensing. Scott & Scott, LLP’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, a recognized expert on software compliance and defense, is available for interviews.

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