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.


To date, the Principles have been supported by CISPECigrefCIO Aica ForumCIONet ItaliaCIO Club ItaliaAUSEDFIDA InformDanish Cloud CommunityDutch 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



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