Software products are protected by copyright law against unauthorized copying. The Copyright Act provides that the software vendor retains several exclusive rights, one of which is the right to copy.
Buying software is buying a license, i.e. the right not to use it. Therefore, for every paid program that is not distributed free of charge (Freeware), a license must be purchased.
Licenses can be divided into 3 types, according to the way they are purchased:
1. Full Package Product(FPP) licenses
This type of licensed software is most often sold in stores and retail chains. It consists of a digital medium (disk or flash drive), documentation and a license to use it.
2. Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM)
Software license for sale together with new computer equipment.
Corporate licenses sold to companies. In this case, the license is attached to a legal entity, which owns the right to use the software product.
Each of the described types of licenses has its own advantages and disadvantages. Therefore, when choosing the optimal method of software licensing it is necessary to take into account the specifics and the process of using one or another software.