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

Step 7: Don't Give In To Intimidation

If you've discovered a shortfall in your software licenses, IAITAM says, then you'll need to prepare a reconciliation document detailing the exact number of programs lacking proper licenses so that legal counsel can negotiate a settlement. But, IAITAM warns that the audit agencies may try to intimidate you into a higher settlement fee by threatening legal action. Don't be intimidated, the group says. Be cooperative but firm; if you're unsure of what your rights are, consult with outside counsel knowledgeable of copyright law. Contact your authorized reseller if you have questions about your purchases, or lean on third-party organizations like IAITAM for further advice.

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