Is Your Software IP Really Your IP?

What is in Your Software? In the age of modern software development, developers share and contribute the source code of libraries, components and frameworks on code sharing websites such as GitHub and npm. These components are typically shared under an open source software licence. This enables other developers to re-use these components on other projects and, means they do […]

IP Conflicts in Technical Due Diligence

By Holly Wyld, Governance Specialist at Source Code Control Ltd Third-Party Software in M&A If an E-Commerce cloud solution contained 27 open source licences, two of which require the entire source code to the solution to be made available, 53 copyright statements, 29 critical risk security vulnerabilities and all licence obligations are currently not met […]

HR policies need to address the issue of software compliance

Warning from FAST comes as leading training company found to be under-licensed by £28,000 The Federation Against Software Theft has urged HR directors to educate employees and update corporate software usage policies after it recently recovered over £28,000 in revenue from under licenses at a leading UK skills and training provider. The company, TLE is […]

How do vendors handle mis-licensed software?

Software publishers (software vendors) have several methods of handling mis-licensed software. Some publishers take the view that anyone using their software is a positive thing even if they have not properly licensed it or even if they have not paid for it. This usually only applies to smaller publishers who are striving for market share, […]

Tips to avoid Counterfeit and Under-licensed software

Over the last few years software publishers have increasingly been moving to the cloud as a means to access and distribute their software. Software distribution via physical means is reducing but is not dead. Software products continue to be pre-installed on PCs. Many products remain available as “boxed” products. Older software (either unused or second […]