Licensing vs. Activation

Licensing vs. Activation When software companies investigate licensing solutions, they sometimes get confused by terms such as “licensing” and “activation.” To be clear, “licensing” and “activation” have very specific meanings, although they are sometime used interchangeably. The two concepts are very different. Let’s define “licensing” first. Licensing = Authorization Licensing is the process of checking whether a software application or …

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Maintenance-Thru-Date Licenses

Creating Maintenance-Thru-Date Licenses Many software publishers wish to issue a license to their customers which allows the customer to run (forever) any version of the software which is released before a particular date.  We call this a “maintenance-thru-date” license.  A typical example is that the customer is allowed to run any software released up to 12 months after …

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TraceTronic Upgrades to The Reprise License Manager (RLM)

After years of using a proprietary, dongle-based in-house solution, there was demand for a more professional solution at TraceTronic.  The existing solution provided insufficient scalability because of an expanding customer base and an increasing license count.  A reliable solution was needed to support floating license scenarios also. After evaluating various software licensing products, TraceTronic opted for the Reprise License Manager …

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Software License Management and The Dongle

Software License Management and The Dongle. Dongles have had a long and checkered past when used for Software Copy Protection and Software License Management. In the 1980’s and 1990’s ISVs selling high-value desktop and/or workstation class software to scientific and engineering customers needed to “lock” their software so that it can’t be shared with others.  If even …

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