Exploiting Ontology for Software License Agreements

M. Asfand-E-Yar, A. Anjomshoaa, E. Weippl, A. Tjoa:
"Exploiting Ontology for Software License Agreements";
International Journal of Software and Informatics,4(2010), 1; S. 89 - 100.

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Abstract:


Software end-users need to sign licenses to seal an agreement with the product providers. Habitually, users agree with the license (i.e. terms and conditions) without fully understanding the agreement. To address this issue, an ontological model is developed to formulate the user requirements and license agreements formally. This paper, introduces ontological model that includes the abstract license ontology of common features found in di?erent license agreements. The abstract license ontology is then extended to a few real world license agreements. The resulting model can be used for di?erent purposes such as querying the appropriate licenses for a speciˉc requirement or checking the license terms and conditions with user requirements.