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Now for personal software licenses, the type you and I might run down to the local big box store and buy or order off the Internet, the limit is usually one to three activations. Now enterprise software purchases on the other hand are usually governed by an enterprise license agreement, which is sometimes also called a volume license agreement. For example, an organization may purchase a 100 user license for a flat fee from the software vendor, and then that same license code can then be used to license all 100 installations. Now volume license agreements are usually more cost effective for large organizations. They typically get a discount off the personal license price for doing so. However they are usually far too expensiveto be purchased by individuals or small businesses. Persistent Online Activation 4:07-4:42 Now there have been two different forms of online software activation used by software vendors. The first one is called one-time activation. The other is called persistent activation. With one-time activation, the license code is activated once, usually right after the product was installed, and then once activated, the product remains activated. Alternatively some products require persistent activation instead. With persistent activation the license code is continuously reactivated online at a particular interval. This allows the software vendor to deactivate installations if they decide that the conditions of the license agreement have been violated in some way. Online Activation Drawbacks 4:43-5:51 Now using online activation helps software vendors ensure that their products are used in compliance with the license agreement. However, it also has several key drawbacks. For example, with some online activation systems, a small change to the system can cause an application to be deactivated. For example, adding RAM to the system or maybe upgrading the CPU to a faster model could cause the activation software to think that the application has been illegally copied to a new computer system. When this happens it's a real pain because the customer usually has to contact the software vendor and try to convince them that the license agreement is still in effect and being observed and to please reactivate the software. In addition, if you upgrade your operating system or migrate to a new computer system, this can also cause software to become deactivated. Again, this situation has to be resolved with the software vendor and it requires a significant amount of time and effort to accomplish, not to mention good negotiating skills. Now online activation mechanisms can also fail if you don't have an active Internet connection. This can cause an application to deactivate when it really shouldn't be deactivated.
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