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What is a Perpetual License, and how will Autodesk Licensing Changes Affect Me?

Autodesk End of Perpetual Licences

As we previously reported, Autodesk has announced perpetual licensing changes for Australia and New Zealand.

A perpetual license is acquired via a one-off purchase that generally allows the customer to use the software indefinitely.

A subscription allows the use of the software for a term, e.g. annually. Less upfront investment is required than that of a perpetual license.

Autodesk is moving from perpetual licenses, to a subscription-only model. This will commence with the AutoCAD LT family of products from 7 June, 2015.

In the second phase of this transition, new seats of individual desktop software products (excluding Design and Creation Suites), will generally be available only as a Desktop Subscription after 31 January, 2016.

If you need additional perpetual licenses of AutoCAD LT family products, you have until 7 June 2015 to purchase them.

After this date, these products will only be available for purchase with a term-based, Desktop Subscription, which gives you the ability to pay-as-you-go.

If you have a perpetual license purchased before 7 June, 2015, that license doesn’t go away. You will still retain the perpetual license to that software and can continue to use it in accordance with the applicable license agreement.

Read answers to FAQs in our previous post on perpetual licensing changes, or contact us for questions specific to your situation.

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