Defusing A Software Audit: What To Do When You're Accused Of Copyright Infringement

Step 6: Narrow The Field

IAITAM recommends that once the Executive Task Force has completed its fact-finding and information gathering, legal counsel should contact the audit organization and attempt to clarify the precise accusations against the company. If a business is accused of pirating Microsoft software, for example, ask which specific programs and editions the audit agency claims have been pirated. IAITAM strongly suggests that only legal counsel have any contact with the auditing agency, too. If a business can demonstrate that some of the accusations are baseless -- e.g., being accused of pirating a software product that your business would have no reason to use -- then IAITAM says the auditing agency will often drop the case.

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