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Software Licensing

Unclear definitions. "Dynamic" terms and conditions. An evolving legal landscape. New methods for software development and distribution. These are but a few of the challenges that all individuals who license software must face every business day. Negotiating software licenses is a high stakes, intricate process that takes knowledge and skill.  

Budd Larner Shareholder Peter Frazza is recognized as one of the top software licensing attorneys in the country by representing corporations in lawsuits against major software vendors such as Computer Associates. His particular focus is the representation of national and multinational companies in lawsuits that involve complex software, copyright, intellectual property and license agreement issues. He has also assisted numerous companies in the amicable resolution of their differences with software vendors prior to litigation.

He has drafted contracts and negotiated deals for hardware, software, maintenance and consulting agreements with vendors such as IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Oracle, Microsoft, and Computer Associates. He is also a frequent guest speaker at industry seminars and conferences on issues related to software licensing and negotiations.

Mr. Frazza also represents companies that have received letters from the Business Software Alliance. BSA urges employees to privately report piracy through its web site and toll free telephone numbers. Once reported, BSA either threatens to file a lawsuit or requests that the company do a self-audit of software licenses. The fines that BSA will seek to recover can be in the hundred's of thousands of dollars. Mr. Frazza assists numerous companies in responding to licensors' requests (either directly or through BSA) to perform a software audit or self-audit.


Peter J. Frazza
Phone: 973-315-4406
Fax: 973-379-7734

Lycoming College (B.A., 1977)
Seton Hall University School of Law (J.D., 1981)
Bar Admissions
New Jersey, 1981
U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 1981
Court of Appeals for the Third, Fourth, Seventh and Eighth Circuits
Supreme Court of the United States of America
Professional Profile
Adjunct Professor, Seton Hall School of Law, 1981 - 1984
Essex County Bar Association
New Jersey State Bar Association
Computer Law Association
International Association of Information Technology Asset Managers (IAITAM)
New Jersey Technology Council
New Jersey Chapter of the Healthcare Information Management System Society (NJ HIMSS)
Selected for inclusion in the 2008 edition of The Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation.
Named New Jersey "Super Lawyer" in Business Litigation for 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010-2013