Autodesk License Compliance – maintenance vs subscription installation and usage

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When you purchase software and install it on your PC do you ever read the EULA (End User License Agreement). I can bet that 99 percent of us never do. It is all legal jargon that will never effect me right?

I work with Autodesk software and I can categorically state that this is not the case for anyone using AutoCAD, Revit, Inventor etc. The Autodesk environment and how the software is licensed has changed drastically over the years and with it the way that you can consume that license in your work place and in your home.

Previously when purchasing Autodesk software, the license would be licensed to a computer. This license would typically be able to be operated by anyone who sat in front of that PC. They just had to log in and start running the program.

With the new user based license, the software is licensed to an individual with a unique email address. (not generic like info@xyz.com). The way the installation is setup, it is still on one PC but only the individual who the license is assigned to may use that software. If you are not the individual that has had the license assigned to them, you would need to purchase an additional license and if you wanted to use that software that is installed on that PC, you would first need to log the other individual out of the software and log back in with your username and password.

In summary, if you have 1 license and you allow 2 people to use the software with 1 username and password, then you are considered to be non compliant in the eyes of the EULA.

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