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Legally Operating And Tracking Software in a LAN Environment

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000119903D
Original Publication Date: 1991-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-02
Document File: 2 page(s) / 81K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Tanner, JC: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Disclosed is a system that provides controlled and monitored use of vendor software in a local area network (LAN) environment. (Image Omitted)

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Legally Operating And Tracking Software in a LAN Environment

      Disclosed is a system that provides controlled and
monitored use of vendor software in a local area network (LAN)
environment.

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      Vendor software may be categorized as any program or
application which is purchased by the computer user.  Most vendor
software requires installation on the user's personal computer.  This
installation requires valuable resources such as time and storage
space.  Also, software installed on the computer user's PC is only
accessible by the user, and thus is idle most of the time.  Vendor
software installed in the LAN environment is an economical
alternative to vendor software installed on the user's PC. One copy
of a given vendor application may be installed, and a certain number
of licenses may be obtained. Multiple users may use the vendor
software at any given time, but need not worry about installation or
space requirements.  Also, additional licenses for vendor software
may usually be purchased when needed.

      The evident problem of vendor software in the LAN environment
is one of security.  The disclosed system can provide the user with a
list of vendor software installed in the LAN environment and give
access to any selected vendor application automatically.  This system
may store the user's access to the program in a database so that the
usage information can be retrieved later.  The only access to vendor
applications in the LAN environment would be through the use of the
disclosed system.  The system monitors the number of concurrent uses
of each vendor application, ensuring that each use is...