September 2004

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HP Control: Establish software licensing guidelines

When buying software, you are typically NOT buying the software; instead, you are buying a license to run the software. A software license is a legal contract between the software owner (the ?licensor..

Gooch, J., HP Editorial Staff

When buying software, you are typically NOT buying the software; instead, you are buying a license to run the software. A software license is a legal contract between the software owner (the ?licensor?) and you (the ?licensee?). This contract spells out the obligations of both parties and how and when the software may be used. Since most software licenses are drafted by the software owners, they tend to be slanted in favor of the licensor at the expense of the licensee. In some cases, the contract can be negotiated. Generally, this will be the case if the transaction amount is relatively large, say, at least $30,000. At this amount and above, there is incentive for the licensor to acce

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