In episode 3 of our Tech Disputes podcast series Revolution or evolution?, we take a look at software audit disputes and data licensing disputes.

Compliance with software and data licences, which can be at times vague and/or onerous, has long been a problem for legal and compliance departments, and as more and more companies engage in digital transformation, the reliance on third party software and data services is growing across all sectors.

This is leading to substantial risk of non-compliance for customers, which will come to light when the vendor exercises its contractual rights to audit licence compliance. Remediating shortfalls can often attract multimillion £ fees and the negotiations between vendors and customers can become fraught and potentially litigious in their own right.

This episode explores the way in which these disputes can unfold, and the different approaches and levers each side can look to employ in a contentious audit situation. It also looks at the practical steps customers can take in order to avoid over deployment risks in the first place, both at the contracting stage, and during the contract life cycle.

You can listen to the podcast here.

The rest of the series will cover topics including:

  • Collaboration disputes
  • Data related issues, including cyber, data security and insurance
  • Reputation management issues
  • Forms of DR for technology disputes
  • Human rights issues relevant to tech companies
  • Investment protection and state immunity
  • FRAND

Speakers

Andrew Moir
Andrew Moir
Partner
+44 20 7466 2773

Heather Newton
Heather Newton
Senior Associate
+44 20 7466 2984

Peter Dalton
Peter Dalton
Senior Associate
+44 20 7466 2907