Principles for Fair Software Licensing in the Cloud
Principles of Fair Software Licensing
for Cloud Customers
Launched by CISPE and Cigref, the Ten Principles of Fair Software Licensing are being adopted by organisations around the world to challenge the unfair licensing terms of some legacy software companies. The Principles have been developed as an auditable best practice framework for businesses looking to the Cloud for growth, innovation and flexibility.
Fair Software Study
CISPE commissioned renowned economist and expert on competition policy, Professor Frédéric Jenny, to examine the prevalence and impact of unfair software licensing terms on Cloud infrastructure service providers and their customers.
Complaint Against Microsoft with European Commission
CISPE has filed a formal competition complaint against Microsoft with the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Competition (DG Comp). The complaint seeks to represents the whole European cloud infrastructure sector and outlines serious unresolved issues that affect both vendors and customers of cloud infrastructure services. It proposes remedies that will benefit customers and vendors in a vibrant marketplace for cloud infrastructure services.
Recent announcements, blogs and FAQ documents published by Microsoft in an effort to head-off market investigations have not provided the detail, clarity or assurance that it truly intends to bring a swift end to its anti-competitive licensing practices. Microsoft’s ongoing position and behaviours are irreparably damaging the European cloud ecosystem and depriving European customers of choice in their cloud deployments. CISPE feels it has no option but to become a formal complainant and to urge the European Commission to act.
Read the Executive Summary of our complaint here
The CISPE complaint is a confidential legal document. However, in the interests of transparency we hope to publish a redacted version here as soon as we are able. Please check back in the coming weeks to read the CISPE complaint.
* The press release and executive summary are available in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Japanese and Korean
To date, the Principles have been supported by CISPE, Cigref, CIO Aica Forum, CIONet Italia, CIO Club Italia, AUSED, FIDA Inform, Danish Cloud Community, Dutch Cloud Community and Coadec.
Main achievements so far
- The 10 Principles of Fair Software Licensing for Cloud Customers have been published in 19 languages.
Campaigns have been rolled out in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Denmark, Italy, and the Netherlands.
An auditable framework has been developed to allow customers and authorities to rate suppliers’ adherence to the Principles