Microsoft Disputes

Copyright case brief – Sun Microsystems, Inc. v. Microsoft Corp., 188 F. 3d 1115 (9th Cir. 1999)

Jan 15th, 2018 | By
Microsoft defense lawyer

Battle of the Technology Giants – U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit SUMMARY: This case considers a license from plaintiff-appellee Sun Microsystems (“Sun”) to defendant-appellant Microsoft Corporation (“Microsoft”). The license involved Java, a computer programing language Sun developed to enable the writing of programs that work on any computer operating system.  FACTS: Sun filed suit for

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Microsoft and the First Sale Doctrine – Copyright case brief!

Jan 10th, 2018 | By
Defense of BSA audits and litigation

Copyright Case Briefs –  Microsoft Corp. v. Harmony Computer & Electronics, Inc., 846 F. Supp. 208 (E.D.N.Y. 19) United States District Court, Eastern District of New York   SUMMARY: Plaintiff Microsoft Corporation, sought declaratory and injunctive relief and treble damages against Defendants Harmony Computers & Electronics Inc. (“Harmony”) and its president, Stanley Furst (together the

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What is Microsoft Certificate of Authenticity?

Sep 1st, 2017 | By
BSA software audit law firm

Software Audit Basic Definitions – Microsoft Certificate of Authenticity   Introduction This is a potential form of proof that shows the Microsoft software you are using is properly licensed.  Usually when you get software pre-installed on your computer (ex. Microsoft Office Professional or Windows 10) you will have a “certificate of authenticity” that shows you

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Beware of unsolicited phone call from someone claiming to be Microsoft software license representative

Apr 11th, 2017 | By
Microsoft BSA audit atty

Consumer warning when dealing with foreign callers claiming you have invalid Microsoft licenses   Introduction Yesterday I received a call from a guy speaking English, but in a manner I could hardly understand.  He was ranting and raving claiming his name was “Steve Williams” (apparently a total lie) and it was from the phone number

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Microsoft “crash reports” and the copyright statute of limitations

Dec 15th, 2016 | By
copyright statute of limitations in software audits

Software Audit Defenses – Copyright Statute of Limitations [Crash reports]  Introduction This blog discusses one potential defense that may be used in software audit cases involving companies like the BSA, SIIA, Adobe, Vero, Siemens, Autodesk, Solidworks, CNC Mastercam, and other companies.  It relates to a statute of limitations defense. Bonus Materials: We discuss common defenses

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Microsoft CAL licensing explained

Jul 25th, 2015 | By
Lawyers for Microsoft and BSA softwrae audits

Software Audit Essentials – “CAL” license shortages! Introduction Microsoft software runs the world.  Many businesses both large and small rely on a wide variety of Microsoft software products to run their business.  One of the trending areas of software audit defense we see is the rise of calls from Clients who are being audited for

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