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Contracts Entertainment and Sports Law Litigation

Licensing Audits from Licensees’ Perspective

The audit clause is a necessary means for the licensor to protect its interests and to guard against unscrupulous licensees. But it is a mistake to think that the clause is there solely to prevent malfeasance.


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Audit clauses are standard in almost every license agreement. They typically provide that the licensor has the right to review the licensee’s records related to the sale of licensed products at least once a year. They also usually provide that if the auditor finds an underpayment of a certain scale (usually around 5%) then the licensee is responsible for the costs of the audit.

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