INTUG and Beltug Evaluate BSA Tools

For some time, BSA/The Software Alliance has been sending letters to businesses in Belgium, asking these companies to log on to the BSA site where they would find information and tools to support their efforts to ensure compliance with software licensing requirements.

Beltug has always recommended against members logging on to the BSA site, as they have no contractual link with this organisation.

During a meeting between Beltug and BSA in London, it was agreed that BSA would provide Beltug with access to the website, so that it could evaluate the proposed tools and information.

Beltug and INTUG have now been through the site, and conclude that there is some interesting information available. This includes insight on software asset management and referrals to information from certain BSA members.

However, Beltug and INTUG don’t see any reason to make this information accessible only after logging on to the site, and are now asking BSA to provide this information on the public area of its site.

INTUG has published a Proposal for a Software Publishers’ Code of Conduct based on input from many different companies from different countries. It defines a set of acceptable practices for software publishers’ behaviour and covers contractual, technical, lifecycle and software audit conduct rules. Discussions with Oracle and SAP on the Code of Contact are planned in June. The 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 and EuroCIO members, to use as a support during negotiations with software publishers.

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