Software licensing can be a complicated topic when it comes to mobile app development, and we want to make it easier for you to understand how it works and to see if it’s something that you need for your mobile app. First of all, we want to make it clear to you that software licensing is not necessary if you’re looking to use it as a means to copyright your mobile app. Once you produce a creative work, including a mobile app, copyright protection is automatic. Still, there is a place for software licensing for certain mobile apps, but we’ll help you to determine if it’s right for yours.
Purpose of Software Licensing
The basic purpose of software licensing is to legally assist with the redistributing of any software that was created by the software creator. The licensee is granted rights based on how their proprietary or open source software is being used. Most mobile apps will fall under the proprietary software category, and an end user license agreement (EULA) will be used on each device that the mobile app is used on. If mobile app users don’t agree to the licensing agreement prior to downloading your app, then they won’t be able to use your app until they agree to the terms.
Software licensing doesn’t only cover redistribution, but it can also include the maintenance of a mobile app. The manufacturer of your mobile app would be responsible for handling the maintenance of the app during an agreed upon term, but often for an additional fee.
Complexity of Software Licensing
The complexity of software licensing varies based on your requirements. Often, the need for ongoing maintenance or support for even one year can prove to be a costly and lengthy inclusion in a software licensing agreement. Software licensing is often something that many major businesses do in order to protect their mobile apps from being copied and duplicated by others without their consent. The extra money spent to have a legally prepared software licensing agreement for corporations aids them in handling the complexity of software licensing. For smaller business owners with much smaller budgets, software licensing doesn’t always make mobile app distribution and maintenance any easier.
Having a software license for your mobile app is an option, not a requirement, and you don’t have to take the difficult or expensive route to protecting your mobile app.
Opting Out of Software Licensing
As a small business owner, you don’t have to use software licensing in order to protect your mobile app. You can use App7 as your mobile app developer in order to breeze past the drawn-out process of acquiring a software license for your mobile app that has to be implemented on each end-user device.
Contact us at (866)882-8484 to find out exactly what we can do for your business in order to give you the freedom to create a mobile app for your business without the cost and hassle of obtaining software licensing.