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A handy SAM utility: Magical JellyBean Keyfinder

Magical Jelly Bean License Key Finder This article has been contributed by Richard Thompson, founder member of Central Technology, a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner who frequently manage SAM reviews for customers. We all know that Microsoft ‘SAM Review’ can be translated to licensing audit, and the rate of audits being conducted by Microsoft doesn’t look likely to ease off soon.  51%... 

Adobe Licensing Quick Guide 2014

This Quick Guide is available in PDF format – simply subscribe to our free newsletter to receive a free copy instantly.  Adobe has made a number of changes to its licensing structures over the past year. The aim of this quick guide is to provide insight into Adobe’s new licensing model. The guide will not make you an Adobe licensing expert, but it will hopefully provide you with enough knowledge... 

Former UK MD of Snow Software joins Campaign for Clear Licensing as CEO

Mark Flynn, CEO, Campaign for Clear Licensing (CCL) Today we are pleased to announce that Mark Flynn has joined the Campaign for Clear Licensing (CCL) as CEO. Mark has worked at the intersection of Software Licensing, SAM and Software Publishers for well over a decade and brings a huge amount of experience in building services and acting as a liaison between customers and software publishers. Mark... 

Attachmate sue Mobistar for $6M

Mobistar is a Belgian Telco. owned by Orange. We’ve received a tip off that the software publisher Attachmate is suing Mobistar, a Belgian telecommunications company. It is alleged that Attachmate is claiming 4.5 million Euros (around 6.12M $USD or 3.57M £GBP) for alleged illegal use of a product called ‘ReflectionX’. The dispute is said to have originated from an onsite audit by Deloitte and... 

The Pros and Cons of Subscription Licensing

User-based subscription licensing increases the difficulty for piracy Over the last few years software licensing has shifted from predominately perpetual device-based licensing to user-based subscription licensing. Subscription licensing has also introduced us to the world of ‘token’- or ‘credit’ based licensing, a model that was previously used for networked software rather than standalone... 

Lets talk about Microsoft Downgrade rights

Rob Horwitz Microsoft licensing is something the majority of us have to deal with on a daily basis. There are some aspects of Microsoft licensing that are not commonly known about, including downgrade rights and what that entails. Downgrade rights’ are available on certain products such as Office, Visio, Project and server based software. We recently spoken to Rob Horwitz, co-founder of Directions... 

Podcast: Microsoft EA is no longer a defence against audits

The ITAM Review Podcast Episode 2 Hosted by Martin Thompson and David Foxen of The ITAM Review.  Guests:  Piaras MacDonnell of SureDatum Paul DeGroot of Pica Communications In this podcast we explore Microsoft licensing, audit behaviour and SAM reviews. Discussion Areas: Redmond Channel Partner. Study: Microsoft Is Most ‘Aggressive’ Software Auditor A Microsoft EA is no longer a defence... 

EULA’s explained in simple terms

Always read the EULA! EULA stands for “End User License Agreement”. The EULA can also be known as a software license agreement. What does this mean? The EULA is basically a legal contract between an end user and a vendor highlighting what they can and cannot do with the software they have just acquired. It is also known as the software license agreement in which the user obtains a license... 

Adobe Creative Cloud News! Ding Ding!

Adobe has taken a small step back in successfully annoying all of its customers by offering the chance to install older versions of the software via the new ‘Creative Cloud Desktop’ application. Adobe has released the information as part of its new release notes dated 27/05/2014, which clearly state ‘You can now install older versions of Adobe products straight from Creative Cloud Desktop’. What... 

What does it take to manage floating licenses?

Ori Kaplan This article was written and contributed by Ori Kaplan, Support Manager at OpenLM. Floating Software Licensing is a method of sharing a limited number of licensed applications throughout an organization (or part of it). Floating licenses are normally more expensive than fixed licenses, however, when properly managed they are more cost effective, while maintaining compliance with intellectual...