Revulytics Blog

Let’s Get Together: Talking About License Compliance

March 9, 2012


Despite living in an era of social media (where there are seemingly more ways of sharing information than there are people), I'm amazed by how little substantive conversation there is on the topic of license compliance. Of course, there is plenty of discussion about software piracy - unfortunately for software vendors, the vast majority of it falls under “how to,” “where to find cracked software” or “why it’s my right to use unlicensed software.”

Trust me, I understand the reticence to discuss license compliance and software piracy from the software vendor perspective. It is a sensitive topic. No one wants to acknowledge that customers are overusing or potential customers are pirating their software - even though every software vendor faces these issues. But here’s the source of my confusion: this is an industry problem, yet with the exception of the EDA Consortium’s Anti-Piracy Committee, it does not seem like anyone is really discussing these issues outside the walls of their own companies.

We do a lot to spur some of this conversation, hosting in-person events like our Third Annual License Compliance luncheon in San Jose, so we are excited to host a License Compliance panel discussion and reception on May 1 right here in our backyard at the Westin Waltham (reserve your seat today by clicking the link).


License Compliance Luncheon San Jose (October 2011)

We have some great new guest speakers participating: Andy Clarkson, Director, Anti-Piracy and Compliance WW at Dassault Systèmes and Kimberly Herman, partner at Sullivan & Worcester. We are also trying a different format - unlike our annual luncheons in San Jose, we are starting with the panel at 2:00 p.m. and hosting a reception with drinks and food immediately afterward. It is going to be a great opportunity to network with your peers, meet our guest speakers and have great discussions about license compliance that are not always possible online. I look forward to seeing you there!

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Michael Goff

Post written by Michael Goff

Marketing Director at Revulytics
Michael is Marketing Director at Revulytics where he is responsible for corporate marketing, content, and social media. He has helped to educate the industry on the benefits of software usage analytics for compliance and product management through the company's blog and contributed articles in trade publications. Michael was previously a marketing programs manager at The MathWorks and principal at Goff Communications. Michael earned a J.D. from Boston University School of Law and a B.A. from Colgate University.