Category - Software License

A software license is a legal instrument allowing consumers to use or redistribute software. Without the license agreement, using the software would constitute a breach of copyright law. The particular license agreement will explain to the end-user how they can use the software. All software must be legally licensed before it can be installed. Where software licensing becomes confusing is in the different types of licenses and the rights attached to the various licenses.

An end-user license agreement (EULA) is one approach vendors can take to license their software. This is a contract between the licencor and purchaser, establishing the purchaser’s right to use the software. The contract may include the different ways the software can be used as well as any rights the buyer has obtained by purchasing the software. This is one of the more basic and commonly used ways to license software.
If you’re using SaaS and as a result your applications are cloud based, this license is usually subscription based. That is, you will pay for each user on a monthly (or some other period) basis. This type of software license offers greater flexibility. It is also beneficial in that you only pay for what you need – allowing you to scale your business without repercussions.
There’s also the question of whether you can re-sell your software license if you’re no longer using it. There is no black and white answer to this question. The answer can generally be found in the EULA. From a legal standpoint there may be question marks over the enforce-ability of EULA’s given to users after they purchased the software given they weren’t aware of these conditions at the time the contract was formed. However I will not go into depth about questions of law.
Another method of licensing software is by white labeling it. This is where a product is created by one company and then re-branded by another company. As a result, the software/product belongs to the company that created it.
Businesses must be savvy in the licenses they purchase to ensure firstly they are using software legally and secondly, they aren’t paying for licenses that aren’t being used. By acquiring too many software licenses you’re wasting company resources, without enough you leave yourself liable to a potential lawsuit (which is quite costly). Finding the right license agreement can also make it easier to manage software in your company.
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