Chapter 21. Licensing Your Application

Proper .NET content licensing can mean the difference between marketplace dominance and financial bankruptcy. And I’m just talking about trying to understand the license agreement that comes with Visual Studio. You still have to figure out a licensing method for your own application before you send it to your customers.

Licensing and license agreements are an essential means of protecting the intellectual property you’ve worked so hard to develop. How does licensing work? The key is found in the roots of the word itself: “license” comes from “li-” (to tell a lie) and “-cense” (from “cents” as in “pennies”). Together, these roots mean “to tell lies about small units of currency.” The confusion brought about ...

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