The Ten Principles of Fair Software Licensing for Cloud Customers have been developed as best practice for businesses looking to the Cloud for growth, innovation and flexibility.

A lack of competition in adjacent markets has allowed some entrenched software companies to create contractual, financial and technical barriers that make it challenging for businesses to move to alternative suppliers in the Cloud.

The Fair Software Licensing Principles represent an opportunity to ensure that the emerging digital economy remains competitive and fair. They outline best practices of software licensing for cloud customers.

The Principles are the result of collaboration across the industry. Groups representing CIOs and IT decision-makers as well as vendors have drafted and approved these principles. All parties, business customers or vendors, are invited to adopt, support and use the Principles as the foundation of their contracts and negotiations.