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    Licensing protects intellectual property by ensuring that users are authorized to use software products. It is not only used to prevent illegal distribution of software products but also to allow potential users to test products before they decide to purchase them. Many software vendors, including GrapeCity, use licensing because without licensing, this type of distribution would not be practical for the vendor or convenient for the user.

    ComponentOne Licensing Model

    GrapeCity, Inc., publishes the ComponentOne, which has a licensing model based on the standard set by Microsoft, which works with all types of components.

    A license entitles you to one year of free upgrades, including bug fixes and new features. After one year, you are no longer entitled to updates, but you may continue to use the products received with your ComponentOne subscription after your subscription has expired. For detailed information on ComponentOne licensing model and it's subscription model, see ComponentOne Licensing FAQs.

    When you decide to purchase a product, you receive an installation program and a serial number. During the installation process, you are prompted for the serial number that is saved on the system.

    Visual Studio obtains version and licensing information from the component when it is added to a form at design-time or from the NuGet package build script at build-time. When queried by Visual Studio, the component looks for licensing information stored in the system and generates a run-time license and version information, which Visual Studio saves in one of the following two files added to the project:

    To know about the terms and conditions of EULA for GrapeCity software, see End-User License Agreement For GrapeCity Software.