While most of us run on cloud based softwares, there are often needs in our companies to use licensed softwares. Given the rate at which startups are getting funded, it seems software cos have trained their guns to target these companies for piracy checks.
While given the rate of piracy in market, the crack down is sorta fair, but even if you are a genuine outlet you will be harassed by these piracy checks under the name of 'self audit' or 'voluntary audit'. A lot of these are aggressive sales techniques.
I am told by an industry insider that these firms who work on behalf of Adobe/Microsoft get as much as 60% of the money (commission) they extract out of companies who end up buying licenses from them. Of course a lot of times the companies who are pushed for such a ‘voluntary audit’ have to buy a license because they are at a fault. But these firms acting as software vendors are known to force companies and oversell more licenses than they need, just because they plant a fear of dire consequences. Sadly for them, we are a software company that doesn’t pirate stuff. With most of our operations being on the cloud or Ubuntu, I could give it right back to them.
Anyone gone through these checks? We did and shared our experience here: http://blog.pricebaba.com/adobe-microsoft-came-calling-anti-piracy-audit (ps: We just denied them the audit till they stop lying).
We also run internal audits checking all systems to make sure no one in the company is pirating any stuff.