Program Guide: Microsoft ISV Royalty Licensing
After Microsoft has received your signed Microsoft ISV Royalty License and Distribution Agreement, you will receive a welcome letter that contains an agreement number. Details on how to obtain media and product keys are listed further in this guide.
Participating in the ISV Royalty Licensing Program
After successfully enrolling in the program, the following are key steps for participating in the ISV Royalty Licensing Program:
Obtain master copies of Products from your distributor.
Integrate the Products into your software application to create a Unified Solution.
Ensure that the required Microsoft license terms are incorporated into your customer agreements and are agreed on by your users.
Sell/distribute and report on licenses for the Unified Solution and Embedded Maintenance distributed to your users.
All server Products offered in the ISV Royalty Licensing Program are licensed per Server/Client Access License (CAL), per Processor, or per Core. All Microsoft desktop Products offered through the ISV Royalty License and Distribution Agreement are licensed per Server/CAL. For more information on the licensing mode for a particular Product, refer to the Microsoft license terms.
There are two types of licenses offered in the ISV Royalty Licensing Program:
This default license type gives the ISVs the ability to integrate and license Microsoft Products as part of their Unified Solution. By using this license, the ISV’s end customers can take advantage of the full use capabilities of the underlying Microsoft Products with applications other than the Unified Solution as long as the Products are still licensed and used for the ISV’s Unified Solution.
ISV Run-Time License
Licenses for Microsoft SQL Server and Microsoft BizTalk Server through the ISV Royalty Program are offered with additional restricted use rights. With these restricted use rights, the ISV users:
Can use the Microsoft Products only with the Unified Solution with which they were acquired.
Cannot use the Microsoft products to run any other application or to develop new applications in any other context independent of the Unified Solution with which it was acquired.
Microsoft End User License Terms (or End User License Agreement [“EULA”])
Microsoft End User license terms are a set of rules that define how your users must install and use a particular Product. Each Product has unique Microsoft End User license terms associated with it. For example, the licenses reflected in the Microsoft SQL Server Run-time license terms restrict users from using the product to run applications other than the ISV’s application, to develop new applications, or to create new databases or tables (unless the ISV’s application requires that a new database or table be created).
You must incorporate the appropriate Microsoft End User license terms for the specific Product that you have included in your Unified Solution into the End User License Agreement for the Unified Solution. For example, if your Unified Solution includes Microsoft Visio drawing and diagramming software and Microsoft SQL Server, you must ensure that the use rights contained in the Microsoft End User license terms for Microsoft Visio and Microsoft SQL Server are included in the End User License Agreement for your own software application before distributing it to your users.
Product license terms are available through your distributor.
Microsoft ISV Royalty License and Distribution Agreement Program Guide5