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What is a perpetual license?

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A perpetual license allows someone to use software without annual renewals once the cost of the license is paid. Once a user pays the fee, the license can be used until the person no longer needs it.

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For example, Oracle offers software licenses for perpetual use, as well as licenses that are good for fewer years at a fraction of the perpetual cost. A four-year license is 60 percent of the perpetual rate, as of September 2014, whereas a two-year license is 35 percent of the cost of a perpetual license.

Mestrelab Research offers a perpetual license for chemistry software with an annual fee to receive updates and technical support. As of September 2014, annual updates are 20 percent of the perpetual license price.

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