The information contained here is for informational purposes only and pertains specifically to software licensing within the IBM Passport Advantage Program.

License Grant

Under the IPLA and Passport Advantage, IBM grants Licensee a nonexclusive license to use the software when Client lawfully obtains it up to the level of authorized use specified in the Proof of Entitlement (PoE). IBM licenses software for use either for a term or indefinitely (depending on the type of license obtained), and as long as the Client complies with the terms of the license agreement.

For exact terms and conditions governing the usage of a specific software program, please refer to the International Program License Agreement (IPLA), License Information Documents and any additional agreement under which the software was obtained such as the IBM International Passport Advantage Agreement.

Non-Expiring use of software

The "License + Software Subscription and Support 12 Months" license grants the right to:

  • Non-expiring use the specific version/release of the software obtained
  • Receive Software Subscription and Support for a period of 12 months.
  • While in effect, Software Subscription and Support authorizes Client to use the most current commercially available version, release, or update, should any be made available as well as receive support for the Program.

At the end of each period of coverage, Software Subscription and Support is renewable for another 12 months (at the prevailing price), referred to as "Annual Software Subscription and Support Renewal 12 Months". In some countries, this is automatically renewed unless Licensee notifies IBM or Client’s IBM Business Partner of Client’s intent to not renew it. If Software Subscription and Support is not renewed, Licensee will no longer receive the benefits of Software Subscription and Support, but Licensee may still use the software according to the license agreement.

Term license of Software

IBM offers term licenses for select software Programs. Term Licenses make it easier for Client’s to acquire IBM software Programs with various flexible commitment terms, renewal options, and billing frequencies.

The Term License grants the Client rights to:

  • use the software Program on Client’s premise for a specified term
  • receive IBM Software Subscription and Support during the term
  • while in effect, IBM Software Subscription and Support authorizes Client to use the most current commercially available version, release, or update, should any be made available as well as receive support for the Program
  • once Client terminates the Term License, Client will no longer have rights to use the software Program, will no longer be entitled to the benefits of IBM Software Subscription and Support, and Client must destroy all copies of the software Program.

Currently, IBM offers these Term Licensing options for IBM software Programs (options vary by Program)

  1. Committed Term License
  2. Monthly License
  3. Fixed Term License

Additional Licensing Information

Under the IPLA and Passport Advantage, IBM grants Licensee a nonexclusive license to use the software when Client lawfully obtains it up to the level of authorized use specified in the Proof of Entitlement (PoE). IBM licenses software for use either for a term or indefinitely (depending on the type of license obtained), and as long as the Client complies with the terms of the license agreement.

For exact terms and conditions governing the usage of a specific software program, please refer to the International Program License Agreement (IPLA), License Information Documents and any additional agreement under which the software was obtained such as the IBM International Passport Advantage Agreement.

IBM License Information

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Base license agreements

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