Software Disclosure and Liability Under the Securities Acts

By: Carl C. Carl

Can a software company be liable under the securities laws when it sells securities without disclosing that it will not give free updates on current software as new technology makes them obsolete? What exactly must be disclosed and how does one say it without subjecting the company’s business practices to close scrutiny? The Eleventh Circuit recently applied the time-honored standard of meaningful cautionary language to software companies in finding that the disclosures of a software company were enough to avoid liability under the securities laws when the company provided meaningful cautionary language in their prospectus.

Cite: 2001 Duke L. & Tech. Rev. 0016