Education Concurrent Licensing Policy

Concurrent licences are widely used across the Education sector, but the use policy has not always been clear raising a number of questions from Education customers.

The policy was revised on November 15th 2011 following requests from a number of customers for clarification on different use scenarios. However, the policy only takes effect when a customers’ CLP agreement is renewed. The main changes are designed to clarify the policy, and in particular highlight prohibited scenarios, for example:

  • Access or use of the Software on a Computer not physically located at a campus facility
  • Installation or use of the Software on a Computer not owned and controlled by you (including but not limited to Computers owned by students or otherwise in students’ possession)
  • Access or use of the Software for administrative use
  • Access or use of the Software in a virtual lab through remote access

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What is the impact of this on the community?

The revised concurrency policy is only in effect for those members of the community who have an Adobe CLP agreement which started or was renewed after November 15th, 2011. For customers with a current CLP agreement at the time of the change (Nov 15th 2011), the policy only comes into effect when this agreement expires, and is renewed. A good example is the Eduserv Framework Agreement due to be renewed on March 1st 2013, at which point the new policy will take effect

What recommendations would Adobe like to make to the community?
Firstly, we strongly encourage all members of the community to understand the revised policy and determine the impact on their individual institution.

Secondly, concurrent licenses are only one of several licensing programs available to Adobe customers. As an alternative there is the Enterprise License Agreement (ELA) which has been introduced as a direct result of customers requesting an easier way to license their Adobe software. As a result many institutions who have signed up to an ELA agreement have been able to:

  • increase student access to Adobe creative software
  • simplify the deployment process
  • simplify software asset management
  • support on-campus virtualization.

Who should the community contact if they want to discuss their particular licensing needs?

We would strongly recommend that if any institution is concerned about this policy or the Eduserv Adobe ELA they should contact their Adobe account manager:

  • For Institutions in the East of England and Ireland, contact: Pennie O’Sullivan Email: Tel: +44 (0)7720 639509
  • For the West of England, Scotland and Wales, contact: Bengta Jordan Email: Tel: +44 (0)7734 158891

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