SCL Event: Oracle / SAP Licensing and Audit Issues - Thursday 27 June 2019, London

When: 27/06/2019

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Hosted and sponsored by Irwin Mitchell LLP

@computersandlaw @irwinmitchell

Thursday 27 June 2019
6.00 pm - 7.30 pm (registration from 5:30 pm)
Venue: Irwin Mitchell,40 Holborn Viaduct, EC1N 2PZ, London - Map


Software audits became a more and more important source of income for major software vendors. Vendors often draft imprecise licensing policies with disregard to local laws and provoke unreasonable multimillion quotes of additional fees for non-compliance with licensing requirements. Effective defence against such practices requires fusing legal and technological knowledge, allowing a counsel to contradict audit’s results on technical and contractual grounds.

During the talk we will discuss adequate preparation for a software audit, dealing with auditors during the audit, and negotiating an audit’s outcome. The talk is based on our experience with international software audits of major software providers (SAP, Oracle, MS, IBM, VMware), executed from different jurisdictions.


Licenses and audits: An Introduction

  • Licensing - a law without jurisdiction?
  • Who/why/when vendors audits their clients
  • What a typical audit looks like

Before an audit

  • Avoid licensing minefields
  • Verify the organisation’s compliance with licensing requirements
  • Change technology or build legal armour

During and/or after an audit

  • Don’t let them in - buying time to achieve compliance
  • Restrain movements - negotiating to limit the scope of an audit
  • Limit the value or negotiate a way-out - challenging audit results

Anticipating the next moves

  • is cloud a safe harbour from audits?
  • Which current changes in licensing policies will translate to an audit opportunity in the near future?


Daniel Hedley

Daniel is a specialist IT lawyer, and worked in technical and service delivery roles in the IT industry for a number of years before retraining as a lawyer. He focuses in particular on software licensing and development, IT service contracts, outsourcing and cloud services. He also advises on open source compliance, data protection, software IP issues and the IT aspects of M&A and IPO transactions.


Marcin Maruta

Co-founder and managing partner at Maruta Wachta law firm and expert in the field of new technologies law. Marcin has over 25 years of experience in advising technology clients with particular emphasis on optimisation and license audits. Marcin is a lecturer of technology law at public and private universities. Recommended by Chambers Europe (Band I), and the leading TMT lawyer in Poland according to the most prominent Polish daily Rzeczpospolita.

Karolina Alama

Senior Associate at Maruta Wachta in the new technologies law department. Karolina is a lead lawyer in the cloud and licensing projects run for law firm’s clients. Karolina is a post-graduate student of Computer and Communications Law programme at the Queen Mary University of London and PhD student of law in Poland. She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in London (MCIArb). Karolina has published extensively and written articles on the alternative dispute resolution matters in professional journals.

Wojciech Jarosinski

Partner at Maruta Wachta law firm and head of its dispute resolution practice; Wojciech has over 10 years of legal experience. Wojciech has led or supervised more than two hundred technology litigations and advised clients on the execution of their critical technology projects. Wojciech graduated from Jagiellonian University in Kraków, and the Columbus School of law in Washington, D.C. The most prominent Polish daily Rzeczpospolita regards Wojciech as the leading litigation lawyer in Poland.

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