Software Licenses


Software licenses are the laws that govern the use and distribution of software. In this case each piece of software that is licensed can not haphazardly traded within the community. There is a special permit that must be performed or fulfilled by every consumer who wants to use the software. For example, each license must be purchased at a price in accordance with the distribution company’s desired price. If the requirement is not met, and someone using a licensed software to several computers, then it can also be called a violation of the law of a software license. But not all software is licensed, the software can also be shaped freeware or shareware. In this article will discuss some of the licenses we often encounter when we buy or download the software on the Internet or anywhere else.

There are many kinds of software licenses, among others, Freeware or also called full version software. In accordance with the meaning Freeware can be downloaded for free on the Internet. But source code is usually on the freeware is not open source, so that we can not modify it. In addition, freeware is usually non-commercial use. But the advantage we can of freeware is that we can use the software anytime and anywhere because there is no time limit and amount of usage. Examples of freeware that is Firefox, Winamp and others. Perhaps that is the target license us, other than get it easier, we also do not need to purchase a serial number.

Proprietary software, software that is under the EULA. The software with this license is usually accompanied by requirements that determine the use of software, such as the number of installations or distribution. Examples of licenses for Microsoft Windows.

Adware. As with freeware, adware can also be obtained free of charge. But the difference there are ads on the software when we run, both at the beginning of the use or on the sidelines of its use.

In addition there are also shareware or trial or collectively, the demo software, and as the name suggests, too, shareware can be obtained free of charge but no time limit or number of the user to use it. That software can only be to try. There is usually during active use and how many times the use of the software. Having finished their active or trial period, we are required to purchase a full license of the software. Usually the password or serial number that is traded. We can use the software again when we already know or buy that serial number. Software that is included in shareware is winzip.

Trial ware is licensed with certain active period. Similarly, shareware, trial ware sometimes it’s just on some functions of the software is disabled. After the trial period is over, you are also required to purchase the full version of the software if you still want to use it.

In using shareware or trialware when the probation or trial period had expired license is usually the software can still be run again by re-instal it. But of course with the use or limitation of time and how many times we use the same as when we first install it. But this does not work on all existing trialware or shareware.

Unlike the above licenses, the Open Source license to open source code, so we can modify open source software in accordance with our wishes. In addition we can also distribute and publish the source code of our modified by any terms or independently according to the provisions proposed by the software company. Examples of open source applications is the Linux operating system, CMS Joomla, and so forth.

And finally there is the Demo Software. Demo software is intended only to demonstrate the features or the software version without a purpose is used for work.

Of the several kinds of licenses, license where we use the most? If we do not want to spend money to buy a full license for a software alternatives we should choose another alternative such as by downloading free ware over the Internet. Do not use pirated software because every license that is certainly already have a permit that if we break them we’ll get strict punishment if caught. Therefore, since now we have to get used to using legally licensed software without having to hijack it or choose another alternative to using a freeware of course with the system or the purpose of using the same software with the original software that we want.