The Next Code of Conduct Challenge: Is Your Supplier’s Software License-Compliant? [Plus+]
Attorneys general across the nation are suing companies selling imported products made by companies overseas that rely on pirated or otherwise unlicensed software (and they’re winning these lawsuits). These are primarily Microsoft products, although CAD products from Autodesk and design software from Adobe are frequently pirated as well. The exposure to any company that sells an LCCS product that competes against a Made in USA product is definitely real. Spend Matters sees legal exposure here for consulting firms, BPO and VMS providers as well – anyone who relies on overseas services delivery that might be supported by questionable software is at risk. Be concerned if you haven’t addressed this with your supply base already – especially if you are competing against a US-based provider who is losing market share to you.