Choosing a Licensing Model
When first starting out, choosing a licensing model for your software can be a bit daunting. There are so many choices, how do you choose which one is best for your application or business? A quick internet search is likely to confuse you more than educate you, thanks to a plethora of enterprise jargon and buzzwords. We built Keygen to escape that mess.
Today, we'll take a short dive into the most popular licensing models for software applications and how they can be created using Keygen's software licensing API.
Below is a quick dive into some of the most commonly used API resources. For a reference on software licensing terms, check out our Beginner's Guide to Software Licensing.
|Licenses represent an entitlement, i.e. you grant a licensee permission to use something.
|Machines represent a device or node that a license is allowed to be used with.
|Policies define behavior for different license types, e.g. Timed Trial, Basic and Pro types.
|Users represent an identity for an end-user, or licensee, of your software.
A perpetual license is one of the most common licensing models for small software apps due to its simplicity and positive end-user experience.
A timed license, or fixed-duration license, is a license that expires at some point in time. These can be used for trials, subscriptions, and more.
A user-locked license is a license that can only be used by a particular user, typically identified by an email address.
A node-locked license is a license that can only be used on a single activated device at any given time.
A floating license can be used across a number of activated devices, up to a set maximum.
A feature license is a license that is entitled to utilize a particular feature of a software application.
A metered license, or usage-based license, is a license that is entitled to utilize a particular feature of a software application a set number of times.
Learn how to implement powerful offline licensing schemes, built on secure cryptography, compatible with a variety of licensing models.
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