If your company has received a letter from the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) regarding alleged copyright infringement or software piracy, before you respond to the letter or speak with the attorneys representing the SIIA, you need to understand the reason for and the requirements of the letter from the Software & Information Industry Association.
In lieu of a lawsuit against your company for copyright infringement, the Software & Information Industry Association is inviting your company to conduct its own internally conducted audit of all SIIA-member software that was installed on your company’s computers as of the date that you received the first correspondence from the SIIA. The Software & Information Industry Association then expects your company to produce the results of this software audit, coupled with sales receipts and invoices that indicate the date the software licenses were acquired, so that the SIIA can assess a fine for any software for which your company fails to prove that it timely and properly licensed according to the SIIA’s standards. Failing to fully understand the SIIA audit requirements often results in the assessment of a much larger fine.
Dorman Bell, LLP was founded by attorneys with over 20 years of software development and software licensing experience. No other law firm can match our level of technical and legal expertise when it comes to understanding and optimizing complex software licenses to legitimately minimize your exposure during a software audit by the Software & Information Industry Association. Each of our employees is a Certified Professional in Software Asset Management to help our clients avoid the penalties of not being in compliance with their software licenses.
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1. Who is the Software & Information Industry Association?
2. We received a letter from the SIIA. What are our options?
3. How did the SIIA get information about our company?
4. We already conducted a self-audit and submitted the results to the SIIA. What are our options?