The following excerpt is from a recent article in War on the Rocks, a platform for analysis, commentary, debate and multimedia content on foreign policy and national security issues. The author, Kevin Carroll, is a partner in Wiggin and Dana’s litigation department and before joining the firm reported to the White House Chief of Staff and Secretary of Homeland Security, the Hon. John F. Kelly, as […]
Software companies often focus so directly on researching and developing new features that they fail to understand the value of ongoing customer interaction. R&D is siloed within software development, while sales and marketing are responsible for customer interactions. At SmartFlow, we’ve learned the important lesson that R&D organizations also need to be involved in customer interactions. R&D nee […]
Electronic design automation (EDA) software development leaders Synopsys, Inc. and Cadence Design Systems recently settled copyright infringement cases using the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), providing hope to the industry that software piracy can be addressed with the right evidence and legal process. Both cases before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California wer […]
By Kyle Lynch, Director of Sales, SmartFlow Many software sales teams are just getting back from the excitement of the annual kick-off meetings. All of the new products, strategies, competitive analysis, and motivational speeches are fading into the background and the realization that January has come and gone, and the quotas are higher than ever is settling in! One of the tangible actions compani […]
By Ross Semplice, Regional Sales Manager, SmartFlow Compliance Solutions Frequently heard terms such as “software piracy,” “cracked software,” and “counterfeit licenses” all sound very harsh and very illegal, which in fact, they are. Another form of software abuse that is talked about less often is something called “creative licensing,” which is just as illegal as counterfeit licenses.
Our guest blogger Michael O’Connor is a visiting assistant professor at Penn State Law, with teaching and research focusing on cyber law. Before moving to academia, he spent nearly a decade practicing technology-focused law in Washington, D.C. His work in that sector is the basis for this discussion on how the International Trade Commission (ITC) can be used as a legal remedy to stem the tide of […]
The Business Software Alliance (BSA) has released its 2018 global software survey and key takeaways are very enlightening. Conducted in partnership with International Data Corporation (IDC), the survey quantifies the volume and value of unlicensed software installed on personal computers across more than 110 national and regional economies.
The Trump administration announced new trade tariffs against China in March, claiming that the President is “standing up for American innovation.” Details from a U.S. Trade Representative investigation cited in the official announcement support what many of us in industries that are being pirated have been talking about for years and parallel piracy figures from a report released last year by the […]
As you probably are well aware by now, the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) goes into effect next month on May 25. Much is being written about it, and if you do any sales and/or marketing, you’re probably getting all kinds of emails warning you about the need to be compliant with the new regulations regarding your collection and processing of personal data.