Small businesses are frequently targeted by major software publishers such as Autodesk. Unfortunately, many unsuspecting businesses think that the larger businesses are primarily subjected to software audits and the smaller businesses are not work a publishers time. The fact is that any business can be a target.
If any deficiencies are discovered during the audit, Autodesk is likely to demand that the business purchase software and pay steep penalties for infringing on the copyrights of the publisher. Analyzing the license agreements, completing an accurate network scan, and negotiating a settlement are all tasks that can be handled by an experienced technology attorney.
Ignoring an audit demand can be disastrous because the publisher will likely file a lawsuit against the business for copyright infringement. Defense of such lawsuit could involve substantially more time and expence than had the business complied with the audit demand.
Kirkpatrick Law understands that autodesk audits can cause a business to suffer, so we deliver cost-effective representation with a focus on resolving the matter quickly while defending the interests of our clients.
Most likely, yes. Autodesk routinely audits its customers to ensure compliance with the license terms.
An experienced technology attorney can help ensure that a business understands its legal position, analyze its licenses, protect its interests, conduct an accurate audit, and negotiate settlement terms.
Kirkpatrick Law can provide cost-effective representation and advice while finding ways to reduce attorneys' fees. Kirkpatrick Law can also offer fixed-fee arrangements to help businesses budget for the audit without unexpected cost overruns.
Oct 20, 2016
by Brian Kirkpatrick