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Location based licensing enforcement

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000022405D
Original Publication Date: 2004-Mar-12
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Mar-12

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

As the cost of distribution of drops (via internet ...) it can be very beneficial for software and entertainment companies if they can license their products in such a way that the license is only valid for certain locations. This restricted licensing can be used to lower cost and increase volumes. For example one would be able to purchase a movie which would have a license that would make it work only at their home and the cost would be much lower than the DVD one buys at a retail store. Companies could give software licenses to schools for free because they would know for sure that the software would not work outside the school.