Licensing

Are you sure you're not a pirate?

It is alarmingly easy for an IT leader to unwittingly exceed the scope of a software licence, and the chances of being caught out have never been greater, as technology lawyers Mark Weston and Paul Gershlick explain
09 Feb 2010

Firms crave simpler licensing

The management of arcane software licensing arrangements continues to be major headache for many IT leaders, prompting some to outsource the problem to third parties
27 Jan 2010

The Sun is setting on customer choice

A lack of competitive choice limits end users’ business options
27 Jan 2010

Latest music file could succeed the MP3

MusicDNA is touted as the answer to piracy within the music industry
22 Jan 2010

Microsoft licensing primary concern for hosting providers

Many SMEs move to hosted services because of complex Microsoft software licensing
21 Jan 2010

OFT to investigate £75m 'creamed' from school's IT

Capita's rival complains that children services arm is overcharging schools by £75m
07 Dec 2009

Second-hand software – hidden opportunity or false economy?

Experts in IP law Conor Ward and Tom Wood explore the murky world of second-hand software
26 Nov 2009

Office 2010 beta available to millions

Full version due for release in the first half of 2010
18 Nov 2009

Bibby cuts software to the bone

Software asset management solution staves off indignant vendors and improves distribution company's bottom line
12 Nov 2009

The sun has not yet set on this debate

It is clear why Oracle is keen to retain MySQL ­- and why the EU seems just as keen on quashing the deal for the sake of competitiveness
05 Nov 2009

Pirates are mostly guilty of mismanagement

IT managers waste money and risk illegal use by failing to keep track of software
22 Oct 2009

Ballmer rejects call for simpler software licensing

But tells customers to email him with their problems
05 Oct 2009

Open source organisations merge

OW2 and OSA combine forces to promote open source software
01 Oct 2009

Virtualisation in the real world

It is essential for businesses to acknowledge and plan for the costs and restrictions of software licensing deals when considering virtualisation
01 Oct 2009

Public sector open-source policy: fit for purpose?

Public sector open-source deployments are fine in theory, but flawed in practice
29 Sep 2009

Premier League chases football pirates

Legal action begins against file-sharing site in The Netherlands
22 Sep 2009

Microsoft offers Office 2010 Web Applications preview

Online versions of Excel, OneNote, PowerPoint and Word available for testing
17 Sep 2009

ISPs and privacy groups to fight "three-strikes rule" for downloaders

Critics say forcibly disconnecting users from the internet is a step too far
27 Aug 2009

Sun shareholders approve Oracle takeover

Sixty-two per cent say yes, but US Department of Justice still holding off until Java licensing issues resolved
17 Jul 2009

Microsoft launches new software licensing for schools

Deal offers favourable licensing terms and more flexibility over use of open source, says Becta
06 Jul 2009

"Three strikes" rule for illegal downloads will not be in Digital Britain report

Government says "technical solutions" are preferable
05 Jun 2009

Downloads will lead to "creative crunch", warns industry

Creative industry wants ISPs to be compelled to tackle “unsustainable levels of freeloading”
13 May 2009

Analyst blast software support costs

Enterprise software vendors will be forced to lower maintenance charges, argues Forrester
12 May 2009

SAP R/3 users face upgrade pain

Research suggests 90 per cent of SAP users expect upgrading challenges
22 Apr 2009