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IT Procurement Handbook for SMEs by David Nickson

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SOFTWARE LICENCES

This is really is a topic that could fill a book (albeit a rather dull one) in itself. Although the topic is dull the consequences of getting it wrong can be interesting, in terms of financial hardship and no comeback on faulty software or the consequences of using it. A major part of the problem is that such licences are invariably written in anything but plain English.

Basic principle

The concept behind software licences is based on that of literary copyright. You buy the right to use the software, but you do not own the intellectual property. So far, so good, but most software licences are far more restrictive than the T&Cs that apply when you buy a book. For example many ban resale; some only rent you the software for ...

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