May 17, 2023
The bipartisan legislation aimed at curbing restrictive software licensing behaviors in the public sector heads to the U.S. Senate for consideration
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Coalition for Fair Software Licensing renewed its calls for Members of Congress to include the “Strengthening Agency Management and Oversight of Software Assets Act,” as part of any must-pass legislation in 2023. These calls come on the heels of the bill being favorably reported out of the U.S. Senate Homeland Security & Government Affairs Committee during today’s business meeting.
If passed into law, this bipartisan legislation would require all U.S. federal agencies to conduct a comprehensive assessment of their respective software licensing contracts – offering key insights on costs, management, and cybersecurity risk. As the bill advances to a full vote in the U.S. Senate, the Coalition for Fair Software Licensing released the following statement:
“The Coalition for Fair Software Licensing applauds the Senate Homeland Security & Government Affairs Committee for taking this important step towards ensuring that U.S. taxpayer dollars are not wasted as a result of restrictive software licensing practices,” said Coalition for Fair Software Licensing Executive Director Ryan Triplette.“The Coalition for Fair Software Licensing now calls on Majority Leader Schumer and Minority Leader McConnell to prioritize the passage of this bipartisan legislation in 2023.”
About the Coalition for Fair Software Licensing
The Coalition for Fair Software Licensing is a North American-based initiative seeking to unlock greater customer choice, innovation, and security in the cloud by advocating for the Principles of Fair Software Licensing. Our members span a cross-section of key industries, including healthcare companies, financial services businesses, as well as cloud and cybersecurity providers – each one has experienced or been exposed to restrictive and abusive software licensing practices in the cloud. Together, we are taking a stand against these predatory practices by advocating for the Principles of Fair Software Licensing to ensure more choice, innovation, and security in the cloud. To learn more about the Coalition for Fair Software Licensing, please visit FairSoftwareLicensing.com.