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License - online dictionary


In general, a license (from Latin licet, "it is permitted"; PPA: licens, "free") is a permit to do things that are prohibited without it.

License agreements in industry and trade play a very important role in granting third parties the right to use industrial property rights (patents, utility models, registered trademarks) under defined conditions.

The subject of a license can also be special rights granted by the state, for example in the GDR the license to play for musicians or UMTS mobile phone rights. The term is also used frequently in common parlance. So z. B. in the "license to kill" of the fictional agent James Bond.

The associated verb reads license and means "to grant a license". In a misleading way, one speaks of licensing when applying for or acquiring a license, for example in the phrase "license a software" (what is meant is: "get a software license"). Licensing the spelling is a common spelling mistake in German.

Colloquially in German, operating certificates and authorization certificates are also referred to as "licenses". Often this is due to an incorrect translation of the English word "license". For example, the English driving license is not a license, but an authorization certificate (driver's license and driving license), as is the "private pilot license" (private pilot license) and the "amateur radio license" (amateur radio certificate).

Licenses in copyright law

Copyright is regulated by international conventions (UN) and national legislation. Any violation of these rules will result in claims for damages by the licensor and, if requested, criminal prosecution by the public prosecutor. In private law, purchase agreements, loan agreements and special license agreements regulate the rights of the purchaser and his obligations towards the licensor.

A frequently used licensing procedure takes place between rightholders and rights holders when events are taken over and distributed electronically. These are all kinds of concerts, performances, sporting events, etc. For example, FIFA for the 2006 World Cup and UEFA for the 2008 European Football Championship granted licenses to broadcast the games on large screens for "public viewing". In principle, these licenses were free of charge for non-commercial purposes. The licenses became chargeable as soon as a commercial sponsor was involved. The term "license fee", which is often used, is wrong here because it was usually a question of non-governmental contracting parties. It is a purchase of rights.

Source: http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/License