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SaaS: Key Pricing Considerations (Part 1)

Software as a Service (SaaS) is growing rapidly as an alternative to licensing on-premises software for corporate customers. As reported by Forbes earlier this year, analysts are forecasting that global SaaS revenues will...more

Chicago, Searching for Tax, Taxes Searchable Websites

A new ruling by the City of Chicago, the Personal Property Lease Transaction Tax Ruling #12 (June 9, 2015), takes a broad view of how its whopping 9 percent tax applies to cloud-based services. Providers of information...more

Reverse Engineering Cloud-Based Software

Let’s say you provide web-based software in a SaaS subscription model. What if your reseller or strategic business partner works against you to redesign and reverse engineer your software so they can launch a competing...more

Four Things You Should Know about New York State’s Recent Advisory Opinion on the Taxation of Software as a Service (“SaaS”)

On May 15, 2015, the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance released Advisory Opinion TSB-A-15(2)S which concluded that sales of certain cloud computing services are not subject to New York State sales and use tax....more

Four Things You Should Know About New York's Recent Advisory Opinion on the Taxation of SaaS

On May 15, 2015, the New York Department of Taxation and Finance determined in Advisory Opinion TSB-A-15(2)S that the sale of certain cloud computing services were not subject to New York State sales and use tax. The Advisory...more

XL is Not Always the Right Fit: Sometimes the Right Contract Template is Not the Longest Contract Template

As a thin guy, I used to subscribe to the philosophy of wearing large clothes to look bigger than I was. What I actually looked like was a scrawny guy in ill-fitting clothes that were not overly comfortable....more

What happens in the cloud stays in the cloud: BIS reinforces export control insulation for cloud-based computing and processing

The US Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) recently released a redacted Advisory Opinion dated November 13, 2014 that confirms for cloud-based software vendors (or Software as a Service providers)...more

5 Compliance “Hot Spots” for Technology Companies Under Export Controls and Sanctions Laws

Increasingly interconnected global businesses need to focus on how export controls and trade sanctions can affect their cross-border activities in unexpected ways. For decades, the US Government has used trade...more

Tennessee SaaS Ruling Highlights Telecommunications Concerns for SaaS Providers

The Tennessee Department of Revenue recently released Letter Ruling No. 14-05, in which it considered whether certain cloud collaboration services are subject to the state’s sales tax. At a high level, the provider’s...more

Policyholders are Exposed to Cyber-Risk from Their Third Party Contracts

The use of third party technology service providers has become widespread and commonplace in all industries. Technology services like “cloud” data storage providers and software as a service (SaaS) allow companies of all...more

Cloud Services and Export Control: What You Don't Know Can Hurt You

Cloud services in all forms are becoming widely adopted by enterprise customers. Public, private and hybrid cloud service offerings continue to grow in number and nature. Companies are migrating to Software-as-a-Service...more

Saas, PaaS and the Cloud? Part 1: Hosted Services Basics for the Sourcing Professional

In today’s world, it seems that virtually every business is using or offering some degree of online services. If you’re involved in making technology purchasing decisions for your business, you likely receive numerous...more

Saas, PaaS and the Cloud? Part 2: Top 5 Considerations for Purchasing Hosted Services

You’ve read part 1 of our series, and you’re now armed with the knowledge about hosted services and cloud computing that you’ve been too embarrassed to ask. To help you bring it home – virtually – we offer our top 5...more

Contract Issues to Consider if Offshore Services are in your Software as a Service (SAAS) or Cloud Agreement

Customers increasingly are taking advantage of Software as a Service (SAAS) and other cloud-based solutions available in the marketplace. There are of course many legal and commercial issues that customers should consider...more

Heads In The Clouds: Government Requests For Cloud Data

The new “hot” term among cutting edge lawyers is “cloud data” compliance. As always, experts often confuse an issue in an attempt to make it impenetrable to clients. It is a sophisticated marketing ploy used by the legal...more

What's Missing from My Software as a Service (SAAS) Agreement? (Part 2)

As customers continue to embrace Software as a Service (SAAS) solutions that are hosted in the cloud, rather than traditional software solutions that are loaded onto and hosted on the customer's own environment, they should...more

What's Missing from My Software as a Service (SAAS) Agreement? (Part 1)

As customers continue to embrace Software as a Service (SAAS) solutions that are hosted in the cloud, rather than traditional software solutions that are loaded onto and hosted on the customer's own environment, they should...more

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