Audit clauses provide a mechanism through which software publishers protect the use of billions of dollars of intellectual property and ensure that their customers comply with the terms on which software is licensed to them. They are surprisingly brief. The software compliance business has grown enormously since the mid-1990s. Thousands of audits take place every […]
The case for a code of conduct for software licence audits
Almost all software licenses include a provision for the audit of a customer by the vendor to check whether usage complies with the rights acquired. Globally, there are thousands of such audits every year, conducted by vendors and by third parties on their behalf and billions of dollars change hands as a result. Customers dislike […]
Draft for Discussion: Software License Audits: Code of Conduct
Each year, there are thousands of software audits executed worldwide by vendors and their designated third-party auditors, but no consistent approach to the conduct of these audits. There is significant variation between vendors on all aspects of the software audit process, making it difficult for a customer to develop a consistent approach to managing what […]
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