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Island ASP Software Licensing Disclosure Number: IPCOM000015009D
Original Publication Date: 2001-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-20

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In the ASP model, there may be times when a user cannot be connected. Having and paying for independent license is not a viable option. This article disclosures a method for enabling Island ASP software licensing. Separate licensing is beneficial since it allows the ASP operator to be separated from the actual software vendor. There are two parts to the solution. Part 1 involves a software time bomb tied to the calendar option. Part 2 involves a time usage calculation feature that is tied to the actual amount of CPU time utilized in the island operation mode. The time usage calculation (TUC) may either count up to keep track of time or count down to count the amount of time left for usage. When the TUC has reached its limit (0 if counting down, maximum allotment if counting up) or the time bomb explodes, the user must synchronize with the ASP. Without synchronization the product will not function. Without synchronization, the user is charged for the complete price of the previous allotment. Part 1 and Part 2 may be used in any combination. 1