What is a Software License?

In its simplest format, a software license gives end users the right to use a software application either on a perpetual or time-limited basis. However, software licensing terms and conditions are often complex and confusing.

Origina has proven expertise in IBM software licensing and understands the complex language found within the IBM® International Program License Agreement (IPLA). Our experts can assist you in clarifying your IBM software license and entitlements.

Origina supports over 800 IBM products within the IBM® Passport Advantage program. These products are licensed on a perpetual basis, which means that they may be used indefinitely from the point of purchase. IBM describes these perpetual use licenses as “License + Software Subscription and Support 12 Months” licenses.

According to IBM’s website, these particular licenses give end users:

IBM notes that customers have the ability to renew Software Subscription and Support at the end of the 12-month period, though it may be automatically renewed in some countries unless the company alerts IBM or an IBM Business Partner of its desire not to renew Subscription and Support.

If Software Subscription and Support is not renewed, the customer will no longer gain access to new releases and versions or ongoing software support, but it will retain the right to use the software per the original software License Agreement, according to IBM.

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