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Scott & Scott, LLP’s attorneys and technology professionals have extensive experience solving business and legal issues related to software. Whether you are faced with a software audit, struggling with software license compliance, or engaging in software licensing transactions, Scott & Scott can help. We aggressively defend businesses accused of software piracy by trade associations like the Business Software Alliance and the Software and Information Industry Association. An SIIA Audit or BSA Audit can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars in settlement payments, software purchases, and attorneys’ fees. Seeking experienced counsel like Scott & Scott can help you reduce the costs associated with an SIIA Audit or a BSA Audit. We also represent end-user clients in software license disputes and transactions with major software publishers including Microsoft, BEA, Borland, Sybase, Adobe, Symantec, Oracle and many others. Our lawyers and software licensing consultants advise clients on all aspects of enterprise software licensing. If your business is facing a complex software licensing problem, contact Scott & Scott for a free consultation or demonstration of Scott & Scott's Compliance Manager.

BSA Audit

Scott & Scott, LLP has represented hundreds of companies accused of software piracy by the Business Software Alliance. Our highly focused team of attorneys and technology consultants can guide your business through every step of the BSA Audit process. Whether your company is already under investigation or just concerned about exposure, our lawyers have the technical and legal experience necessary to protect your business against the Business Software Alliance.

The BSA is funded by large software companies including Adobe, Autodesk, McAfee, Symantec, and Microsoft to name just a few. They have deep pockets to hire law firms with many resources. It is not advisable to be in a David vs. Goliath situation without experienced counsel on your side to protect your rights.

Some of the attorneys and firms who represent the BSA are:

Donahue Gallagher Woods FDK Law Faegre & Benson
Eric Doney Frank Konczakowski Jodi DeSchane
Care Heller-Pittman    
Eric Handler Thompson & Knight Bailey & Glasser, LLP
Stephen Gustavson Herbert Hammond Michael Murphy
Bruce Eads    
Paul Chavez Business Software Alliance Locke Lord
Julie Hofer Jennifer Balmos Brandon Benson
Lawrence Rockwell Iva Mills Jason Mueller
    Sarah Copeland
Troutman Sanders, LLP Sorin Royer Cooper LLC Anthony Vecchione
Clarence Lee Barry Cohen  
Allison Nicholson   Smart & Biggar
Jesse Martin Gowling, Lafleur, Henderson LLP Vik Tenekjian
Matthew Murphy Michael Crichton  
Anna Schall   Klemchuk Kubasta LLP
Thomas Hay Higer Lichter & Givner Darin Klemchuk
  David Lichter  
  Janessa Wasserman  

 

Many companies targeted by the Business Software Alliance are paying substantial fines and suffering negative publicity because they did not have experienced counsel. Properly preparing for and responding to software audits can reduce the financial and organizational impact on your business.

We have saved our clients thousands in potential penalties and have represented more than 130 companies across the U.S. and Canada against allegations of software piracy by the BSA. Our clients have ranged from a one-person lumber shop with a couple of computers to major corporations with more than 25,000 computers.

Our attorneys have the legal and technical experience necessary to protect your business against the BSA. You can leverage the knowledge we’ve gained successfully defending companies like yours.

SIIA Audit

Scott & Scott, LLP has a practice group dedicated to defending Software & Information Industry Association audits. If you have been accused of software piracy by the SIIA, you need experienced counsel to guide you through every step of the SIIA audit process. Our lawyers have the technical and legal experience necessary to protect your business against the SIIA.

The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) is funded by large software companies including Adobe, Intuit, IBM, Oracle, Sun Microsystems, Symantec, and Novell to name just a few. They have deep pockets to hire law firms with many resources. It is not advisable to be in a David vs. Goliath situation without experienced counsel on your side to protect your rights.

Some of the attorneys and firms who represent the SIIA are:

Donahue Gallagher Woods Holland & Knight
Care Heller-Pittman William Stevens
Eric Handler  
Stephen Gustavson Higer Lichter & Givner
Bruce Eads David Lichter
Paul Chavez Janessa Wasserman
Julie Hofer  
Lawrence Rockwell SIIA In-House Attorneys
Eric Doney Scott Bain
  Keith Kupferschmid

 

Many companies targeted by the SIIA are paying substantial fines and suffering negative publicity because they did not have experienced counsel. Properly preparing for and responding to software audits can reduce the financial and organizational impact on your business.

We have saved our clients thousands in potential penalties and have represented more than 130 companies across the U.S. and Canada against allegations of software piracy. Our clients have ranged from a one person lumber shop with a couple of computers to major corporations with more than 25,000 computers.

Our attorneys have the legal and technical experience necessary to protect your business against the SIIA. You can leverage the knowledge we’ve gained successfully defending companies like yours.

Software Audit

Scott & Scott, LLP represents companies of all sizes in software audit matters around the world. We protect your legal rights throughout the burdensome and expensive software audit process. Our attorneys and technical consultants work with you to determine the best strategy for your business while minimizing the risk that you will jeopardize your legal position during the audit.

Autodesk Audit

Scott & Scott, LLP has extensive experience representing clients audited by Autodesk through their counsel Donahue Gallagher & Woods. Autodesk is among the most aggressive software publishers in its approach to license compliance enforcement. When responding to an Autodesk audit request, companies should work with experienced counsel to thoroughly investigate the matter and provide strategic advise based upon current and future business objective

IBM Audit

Scott & Scott, LLP has a dedicated practice group focusing on defending companies accused of software license violations by IBM. Our lawyers have counseled many businesses in your situation. Our lawyers and technology professionals have the technical and legal skills necessary to vigorously fight for your interests against an IBM audit.

Oracle Audit

Scott & Scott’s experienced attorneys can help your company navigate Oracle’s license management and audit processes. We can interpret your existing license agreements, help you complete an Oracle Server Worksheet, make compliance recommendations, and assist you with resolving licensing disputes. We will help you develop a strategy designed to provide value while achieving your business objectives.

Microsoft Audit

Scott & Scott, LLP represents clients in Microsoft audit matters conducted by the BSA, Microsoft SAM consultants, and for internal purposes. Our lawyers and technology consultants conduct Microsoft audit work related to annual true-ups, compliance initiatives, outsourcing contracts, and in connection with acquisition and divestitures. Scott & Scott’s Compliance Manager ™ is an automated software discovery and license reconciliation tool used to assist clients in connection with a Microsoft Audit. If you are responding to or conducting a Microsoft audit, please contact Scott & Scott for a free consultation.