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Proof of License in SIIA Software Audits

Like all audits, success in a SIIA software audit depends less on what you own and more on what you can prove that you own. Although not required by law, the SIIA takes the position that a target company is...

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Businesses Turn to Open Source Software After Software Audits

The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) and the Business Software Alliance (BSA) routinely sends letters to businesses on behalf of many software publishers, including Microsoft, to investigate potential copyright infringement claims based on allegedly unlicensed software. The software audit...

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SIIA's Corporate Content Anti-Piracy Program A New Cause of Concern for Small-to-Medium Businesses

Last month, the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) announced the first major settlement reached by its Corporate Content Anti-Piracy Program (CCAPP). The settlement was reached with Knowledge Networks, Inc. (KNI), a market research firm based in Menlo Park, California,...

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Unpleasant Surprises In BSA & SIIA Software Audits

Many companies who comply with a demand by a software publisher or industry association (such as the BSA or the SIIA) for an internal software audit end up facing significant settlement demands after forwarding their audit materials to the other...

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Software Information Industry Association (SIIA) Settlement Agreement Provision Regarding Purchase of Software

Settlement Agreements with the SIIA, a trade association for the software and digital content industry, often contain provisions requiring the audited company to not only purchase software to satisfy licensing deficiencies it carries going forward after settlement, but also to...

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Costly Software Audit Mistakes

The Business Software Alliance (BSA) and the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) are organizations that represent software publishers seeking to enforce the copyrights in the products they publish. In furtherance of this goal, these entities routinely send letters to...

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Effective Dates in Software Audits Are Critically Important

Businesses that receive software audit demand letters from auditing entities such as the BSA or SIIA, or from software companies like Autodesk or Microsoft, often contend they cleaned up their network after receipt of the letter and should be released...

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Adopting Software Use Policies to Protect Against Copyright Infringement Claims

The Business Software Alliance ("BSA"), and the Software & Information Industry Association ("SIIA") pursue copyright infringement claims on behalf of software publishers, such as Microsoft, Adobe, and Autodesk, among many others. Typically the BSA and SIIA send audit letters to...

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Unauthorized Software: Costly to Your Bottom Line

The Business Software Alliance ("BSA") and Software & Information Industry Association ("SIIA") pursue copyright infringement claims against companies accused of installing unauthorized copies of software. Typically, the BSA and SIIA send letters to businesses and request audits of their computer...

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