Will the Cost of Database Licensing Rise? (April 2002)

May, 2002


Does the software you sell, or the software you buy, rely upon a database of “public” information, or a compilation of facts? Examples of such databases could include lists of names and addresses, geographic information, or statistical compilations. Whether you are the licensor or the licensee, you have probably taken for granted the free use of this information. The adage that “nothing is free,” however, may prove true in the realm of database licensing as well. If you incorporate such data into your company’s products, this could mean increased licensing overhead, and if you use such software, you may expect this expense to be passed on to you by your vendor.