BELTUG/INTUG have published a Proposal for a Software Publishers’ Code of Conduct, based on input from many different companies in different countries.
Now, the Proposal for a Software Publishers’ Code of Conduct is being sent to SAP, Oracle, Microsoft and IBM for feedback. Our aim is to create the type of constructive cooperation that is critical for building support for this important topic.
In the meantime, the Proposal for a Software Publishers’ Code of Conduct is available for all INTUG, BELTUG, CIO Forum and EuroCIO members, to use as a support during negotiations with software publishers.
In today’s fast moving software world, companies and public services share an increasing unease when it comes to managing their software assets. Software publishers release software products supported by sophisticated and complex license models and agreements. Furthermore, they seem to be either unable or unwilling to provide their customers with proper controls to ensure that they do not use the software in a manner not in line with these complex license specifications.
Typically, the software publishers poorly label the software, while the customers are not provided with accurate tools and guidance to proactively manage their software estate. Nor are customers given the clarity and transparency they need on the level of software licensing programs governing the use of the licensed software.
The ultimate goal of the Proposal for a Software Publishers’ Code of Conduct is therefore for software publishers to provide legal certainty and unambiguous software licensing contracts with a clear definition of responsibilities for both software publishers and customers.