Glossary

Useful topics, words, acronyms, and jargon, for software monetization teams

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Concurrent Licensing

Concurrent licenses are a type of software license that revolve around the maximum number of users who will use the software at the same time. For instance, if the organization purchases five concurrent licenses, five of their users can access the same software at any given time.

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Floating License

A floating license (also known as a concurrent license) grants an organization a set number of 'seats', meaning a certain number of devices or users can access the software application and data at any given time.

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License Dongle

A license dongle (also known as a hardware license key or software dongle USB) is a piece of electronic hardware that can unlock a software license, provide copy protection for software, or decipher encrypted licensing content.

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Pay-Per-Use

Pay-per-use is a monetization model that can be applied to software where value can be effectively parceled into saleable units. Pay-per-use can loosely be defined as metered use of a product or service, where users are charged for the access.

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Perpetual Software License

A perpetual license works by offering unlimited, all-time access for a single new upfront cost. By charging a one-time fee for your software, customers are essentially buying the software rights in perpetuity (perpetual software access) as opposed to renting it.

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Software Deployment Models

Cloud computing has revolutionized the software market in a number of ways, but it has also transformed how software developers can enable on-demand resources, unlocking lower costs, lower risk of downtime, and increased scalability, efficiency, performance, and security. Within both traditional on-premises and cloud software deployment models, there are a number of options available.

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Software Piracy

Software piracy can be defined as the use of software that is not properly licensed. That might include copying, modifying, distributing or selling the software in ways that contravene copyright laws or license terms.

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Subscription Licensing Model

A subscription software license grants the customer access to software they may previously have not been able to afford upfront, as well as supporting the ongoing development to build a longer term revenue model within your software monetization strategy and management.

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