As software is "licensed" and not sold to the users an agreement is required to define the "rights" that the user gets when they pay for said license. A software licensing agreement protects the authors copyright and intellectual property rights (IPR) by placing restrictions on the end user in relation to the usage of the application. For example: duplication for purposes other than backup, installation on more than one computer, editing the code, or changing the program in any way is usually forbidden unless the product is "open source". Software licenses might also restrict reverse engineering and bypassing controls intended to cut down on pirating, technology for achieving this is usually referred to as "copy protection software".
Most EULAs also include statements to protect the publisher in the case of any unforeseen circumstances that might arise as a consequence of using the software. This could refer to anything from a computer crash to loss of data, time or income. In addition, generally due to the nature of software no or a limited warranty is given to the suitability or performance of the software.
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|Jon Gillespie-Brown is a published Author, Lecturer, Founder/CEO and an expert on Software Licensing and Piracy. He currently mentors at Stanford, UC Berkeley and the London Business School. Visit his software licensing company, Nalpeiron for more information, a blog and a free trial of the leading hosted software licensing platform.|