A software licence is a legal contract between software creator and end user, designed to copyright and protect software as intellectual property.
Device licensing grants software use to a specific number of devices.
Specific features of an application carry with them their own licences, defining which features a user may and may not access.
Software licence is available only for a predetermined period of time, after which the licence expires and the user is no longer eligible.
The user can check out the licence for a specific time period, without the need for online access.
Often used with free and open-source software, permissive licences contain only minimal requirements for the modification and distribution of the software.
Designed to facilitate coordination regardless of location or company, project-based licences grant usage to project team members under the main licence, even when the team is spread out across multiple organisations.
Use-time licensing is a subset of metered licensing, allowing users to access the software either until a specific end date, or for a preset number of hours.
Whitelist licences allow a group access to software, based on a defined list of users.
As previously stated, software licences define exactly how, when and by whom software and applications may be used. More specifically, software licences define and outline the following:
Just as there are many different kinds of software licences, there are also a number of software-licence pricing models. These models may also feature some overlap.
In a perfect world, businesses would always be able to trust their customers to be fair and responsible in using their intellectual property. But while most customers have no intention of misusing proprietary software, undefined permissions, copyrights and authorisations can lead to intentional or accidental infringement. Software licences serve as a reliable safety net, protecting business and end users from dangers and legal penalties.
More specifically, software licence agreements provide the following advantages:
Software licences allow organisations to ‘rent out’ software to their users, rather than selling it outright. The software creator retains ownership and can dictate usage and distribution, and can licence the same software to multiple users.
Although it’s certainly not good business to terminate or suspend user access without good reason, it’s always good business to retain the right to do so. Including a clause in the software licence that gives the organisation the right to revoke licences prevents time-consuming and potentially expensive disputes from erupting and provides more complete control over the proprietary software.
Software licences are vital to ensure that modern software vendors and their customers are protected, and that proprietary software is being used correctly and in line with established practices. Unfortunately, navigating licence complexity and building air-tight licence management practices can be extremely difficult. ServiceNow Software Asset Management provides the solution.
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