A license generator can be software, programming code or a Web-based service designed to generate random license keys for software developers to provide licensed users as a way of protecting their software from being used illegally (aka pirated). Some software license generators can also perform additional licensing tasks such as license key delivery, management and verification.
Generating a Key
A license key created by a license generator is a unique series of numbers and/or letters that identifies the legal user of a software application. A license key that has been created by a license generator is provided after a software user pays for the software and agrees to the conditions of use and distribution as legally specified in the software license (also known as an End-User License Agreement, or EULA). Software license keys may be verified within the software itself or, more commonly, over the Internet via an online license verification system.
A license generator also refers to software or Web services designed to generate the language in a software license that stipulates how software can be legally used and by how many users.