Autodesk License Compliance Important Notice
Autodesk License Compliance – Important notice, please share with your directors & top management.
The following is our update for our customers regarding Autodesk License compliance. A large number of Irish customers have been audited and more audits and settlements are on-going. Autodesk is also finding non-compliant software on customers computers though routine software validation of their licenses. Significant costs have been incurred by customers who Autodesk has found to be in breach of their license agreement; in many cases these breaches have been accidental and can easily happen due to Autodesk’s process of providing activation. We would like to help ensure that you minimise the risk of any exposure to your organisation:
Autodesk has been dedicating considerable resources to finding customers who are in breach of the Autodesk software license agreement either intentionally or unintentionally and into locating people who are pirating their software. Customers face penalties and/or charges associated with non-compliant use. Autodesk has an on-going and very active campaign directly with end-users and are conducting audits on many customers.
For customers who are investing properly in their licenses, this is good, because it will make it more difficult for your competitors who pirate software to gain an unfair advantage.
However, it also means that good customers who may think they are compliant need to be extra vigilant to ensure that they are using the software correctly to avoid additional charges, which in some cases are significant.
Understanding and interpreting the Autodesk EULAs (end user license agreements) correctly is not easy, and in today’s dynamic business environment with changes in staff, upgrades to computers, multiple users who may be geographically dispersed, project deadlines etc., managing your licenses can be a challenge and good customers can unintentionally be in breach of the rules governing the use of the software. Also a lot of companies allow staff to install software on company computers which can often contribute to non-compliant software being installed. To reduce this risk, have a strict policy in place on how software is installed – remove the ability for users to install their own software.
Examples of possible Autodesk license breaches that you may not even be aware of include:
- Overuse or over deployment of your Autodesk licenses – this includes more that the allowed number of users using the same serial number, or moving a single user licenses around an organisation and not uninstalling it from the previous pc/laptop
- Trial licenses installed and left on your network after 30 days
- Student and educational licenses installed on your Network
- Usage of Autodesk licenses across the organisation where there are different legal entities and/or use of software in different territories
- Continued use of Autodesk maintenance benefits on perpetual licenses where maintenance has been allowed to lapse
- Continued use of old Autodesk licenses that have been used as part of a trade-in/trade-up program
- Incorrect use of Autodesk home usage rights
- Incorrect installation of Autodesk licenses
- Usage cracked/pirate copies of Autodesk software
This is not an exhaustive list and there may be other non-compliant issues not mentioned. Where Autodesk finds any of these breaches, they will be making you buy new licenses to the value of the non-compliant software found or face penalties. Our priority is our customers and to ensure that they are not forced to pay unnecessary extra charges by Autodesk. We would like to engage with you as soon as possible to help you to check that there aren’t any compliance issues before you may be contacted by Autodesk for an audit.
We can also advise you on best practices for managing your licenses and how you can put processes and procedures in place to help you to stay compliant.
C-CAD operates completely separately from Autodesk in this regard and customer confidentiality is paramount. Any issues will be highlighted for you to fix with our assistance and in complete confidence.
Please contact Jim or Maurice on 021-4344788 to discuss and to arrange for us to check your systems for you in complete confidence.