Volume Licenses - Individual Software Packages for Companies
Whereas private users usually purchase software as a single license, the volume licensing model has become increasingly popular for companies and public authorities. This licensing model is specifically tailored to the needs of SMEs and large companies, offers a number of efficiency advantages and, above all, pays off economically.
What exactly makes these volume licenses so interesting for companies, which versions are available and why even used Microsoft licenses can be quite valuable, we have summarized for you on this page.
The most important questions at a glance
What are volume licenses?
The term "volume license" stands for a special form of software licensing. As a rule, such volume licensing agreements are used by companies, government agencies or other institutions that require at least five or more licenses. A volume license comprises a package of licenses of a specific vendor software.
With this licensing model, the software can be installed on multiple end devices or multiple times to allow a larger number of users to access the software. The specific scope of the license (number of licenses) is agreed between the seller and the buyer.
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What are the benefits of volume licensing?
When companies purchase volume licenses, they usually receive special conditions. This means that each individual license in the volume licensing agreement is cheaper to purchase than the corresponding individual licenses. The higher the order volume, the higher the potential savings.
Another key benefit is that these volume license features are not exclusive to first-time installations. Thus, subsequent purchasers of individual licenses can also benefit from the advantages of the entire volume license
Ein wesentlicher Vorteil ist außerdem, dass diese Eigenschaften der Volumenlizenzen nicht exklusiv für erstmalige Installationen gültig sind. So können nachfolgende Käufer von Einzellizenzen ebenfalls von den Vorteilen der gesamten Volumenlizenz profitieren
What are the types of volume licenses?
Volume licenses for various software programs are provided by the respective vendors. Microsoft volume licenses and Adobe volume licenses are in particularly high demand in the corporate sector. This is mainly due to the high degree of distribution and the versatility of the software solutions from these providers.
As part of a volume license, these software solutions, among others, are popular:
- Adobe licenses (Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Creative Suite)
- Office licenses (Microsoft Office, Project, Visio)
- Licenses for operating systems (Windows 7, 8, 10)
- Licenses for servers (Windows Server, SQL Server, SharePoint Server, CAL Suite)
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What is meant by used volume licenses?
A used volume license describes a volume license agreement that is no longer used in part or in whole by a company or institution. This can have different reasons:
- Conversion / standardization of IT
- Modernisierung der Firmen-Software
- Restructuring in the company
- Release / dismissal of employees
Through these and similar processes, additional licenses within the contract or the entire contract become free. Since there is usually no longer any use for these surplus license capacities, they can be used elsewhere or even sold.
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Can I legally buy single licenses from volume licenses?
Yes. Back in 2012, the European Court of Justice confirmed that once software vendors such as Microsoft and Adobe have sold their software to an end customer, they have no control over the extent to which that software is used or resold by the end customer itself. According to the "principle of exhaustion," this right expires with the initial purchase by the end customer. The German Federal Court of Justice (BGH) also referred to this ruling in its case law in 2013.
Building on this, the German Federal Court of Justice ruled in 2014 that this case law also applies to volume licenses. Thus, these may be legally sold and purchased by other end customers not only in their entirety as an overall license, but also as individual licenses.
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