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Software Licensing Issues Highlighted In Movie Industry

August 20, 2015
By Michelle Amodio, TMCnet Contributor

A perfect example of a software licensing challenge is when a company buys one copy of a software program, such as Microsoft (News - Alert) Office, and for whatever reason, spreads it across multiple computers in the workplace. The company has gotten itself in a situation where it is not compliant with the licensing agreement terms of the particular software product.

It might be because companies are looking to shave a few dollars off their software expenditures, or that many companies simply aren’t in the know of how severe software licensing non-compliance can be. The legal matters surrounding software licensing are complicated at best; IT professionals must be educated on these challenges and be cognizant of their role in keeping things legal and clean.

Recent news of a former movie production employee highlights the ramifications of non-compliance. Diego Garzon, a visual effects professional, was recently fired due to allegedly exposing his former company for software licensing misuse. According to a self-written press release, Garzon states that the production company for which he worked fired him because he exposed it for not paying for software licensing fees.

Garzon claims that avoiding the payment fees is a result of attempting to boost movie profitability. While there has been no confirmation from the company itself on these matters, the legal consequences on both sides appear to be alarming.

In the software licensing industry, the issue of non-compliance is one that is often overlooked. Companies like Flexera Software have made it easy for businesses to stay compliant when it comes to software licensing issues without having to jump through hoops to remain legitimate.

If caught non-compliant with application permission policies, it’s very likely that it will lead to adverse results over organizations. Application authorization infringement cases can attract heavy fines, impoundments and even detention. Prior to purchasing any tool, it is important to go through license agreements and meet all its criteria so as to avoid any kind of future infringements.

Software developers can rely on Flexera Software to protect software copyrights and manage software entitlements, whereas enterprises can ensure their own software license compliance and optimize their software spending.

Edited by Maurice Nagle

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