The Federation Against Software Theft and Investors in Software have joined forces to clarify advice regarding best practise and licence compliance.


The two companies have created a single entity and are seeking to strengthen and clarify the advice given to the end user community relating to best practice for Software Asset Management (SAM) and achieving cost efficient licence compliance.


Shaun Frohlich, chairman of IiS said: “This brings together two organisations that will deliver a holistic view of SAM and SLM here in the UK and evangelise consistency internationally. There is no doubt in our minds that this is a natural, next evolutionary step creating an organisation that spans the continuum from SLM to SAM.”


John Lovelock, chief executive of The Federation commented: “The logic of this operational merger becomes clear when you consider the fact that organisations increasingly have to demonstrate good corporate governance through compliance audits, but equally they wish to reduce software procurement and support costs and ensure that all licenses owned are fit for purpose. Educating legitimate organisational end users from this perspective, whilst ensuring that we continue to protect the IP rights of our members against deliberate acts of piracy is a more appropriate and focused response to the needs we see in the market today.”


The Federation will continue to strenuously lobby government for a secure, effective and efficient IP regime in the UK and protect the IP rights of its members as appropriate. The recently launched Software Industry Research Board (SIRB), which aims to address and simplify the often diverse and confusing issues in the field of SAM and SLM, will now sit within the broadened remit of the IiS brand.

The SIRB has retained the services of research firm IDC to conduct potentially the largest research project of its kind in the UK. It is targeting both private and public sector organisations to assess their current understanding of licensing practices, their attitudes towards software acquisition, and to understand where they will make changes to benefit from a more cost effective and risk free environment in the future.


Michala Wardell, head of Anti-Piracy at the Microsoft Corporation, said: “The intrinsic link between software asset management (SAM), software licence management (SLM), compliancy, and the protection of software IP can often be unclear. The coming together of FAST and IiS creates an entity covering all of the above that can offer clear and considered guidance and assistance to the end user in a practical manner.”