Why Software Licenses Are Important

     Software is important; therefore, software licenses are important. Business today relies on software to perform many critical functions. Software makes machines and systems work in every sector of the world economy - everything from applications that control advanced medical devices to programs that analyze the behavior of financial markets.
     Software developers may want to make code available to other developers in order for applications to be more widely used in the market. Manufacturers and publishers may want to acquire rights to software that can make their products work in new ways or in ways compatible with customers' existing computer systems.
     In order to have the legal right to use software to achieve the required needs, the rights and limits in the associated software license take on critical importance.