Stiffing alive and kicking



Antony Savvas

Software licence stiffing will be a focus of the discussion at UKCMG, with users confirming the practice is still alive...



Antony Savvas

Software licence stiffing will be a focus of the discussion at UKCMG, with users confirming the practice is still alive and well.

UKCMG chief executive officer Geoff Petherick said, "I have heard of one case recently where the user was being charged £5m for a [company] name change, even though there was no change of location, usage, users, processor used, back-up or anything else.

"The user still settled for £3m, and that's what I call disappointing," he said.

Computer Weekly editor Karl Schneider will present a seminar on Fair Dealing for Software and Services Contracts that will also include details of the latest developments in parliamentary body Eurim's initiative to end unfair contracts.

The debate at UKCMG on stiffing will consider the border line cases too, such as the recent move by Microsoft to charge Novell users extra licence fees to link with the Windows 2000 Active Directory.

UKCMG 2000 takes place in York on 9-12 May.

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