A software license is a license agreement that gives an individual, company, or organization permission to use a software program. For example, in most situations, it is illegal to purchase one copy of a program and copy it onto multiple computers. Instead of requiring tens, hundreds, or thousands of individually licensed copies of a program, companies often purchase site licenses which scale according to the number of installed users.
Examples of software licenses
- Single user - The software is licensed for a single user and often a single computer.
- Multi-user - This license allows you to install a program onto multiple computers used by multiple users. Typically this may be a set number of users. For example, a five user multi-user license allows up to five people to use the program.
- Site license - This license allows a program to be installed on an unlimited amount of computers with an unlimited amount of users, as long as they are at the location of the site license. Site licenses are typically for schools and businesses.