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Electronic software licensing provides automatic tracking of software usage to ensure that an organization stays within its software licensing requirements and legal boundaries for software usage.
A typical licensing package holds keys that allow users to access software applications. Each key is a license that has been purchased from the software vendor. The licensing program delivers keys to users who request the use of an application. When all the keys are in use, other users can't access applications until a key becomes available or more keys are added. Licensing programs usually include controls that prevent unauthorized users from accessing programs or prevent users from holding a key for too long.
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