How to Create a License Agreement

Already started a product and now you are releasing it to the public? Do want your product to have some rules regarding on how people should use your product in a way you want them to use it? Well read on. This will give you some pointers in how to make your license agreement.


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    Start it off. Start off with an opening sentence. This could be a little something about your product. It could be in all caps (ALL CAPS) to get the user an attention.
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    Add the rules and describe them. Next is the big part, tell them the rules and how it should be used. Do talk about:
    • Use of program
    • Copyright
    • Consent to you for other permissions
    • Liabilities and warranties
    • any other sections you'd like to add.
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    Check them out. Go check out other license agreement documents. They will give you ideas in how to make your agreement. Also look at websites that include Code of Conduct agreements such as Terms of Service.
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    Do final checks. When you're finished, read over the entire agreement if it makes any sense. Also check for spelling and grammar errors.
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    Consider including a privacy statement. If you want to declare a privacy statement to tell your customers about privacy management, go ahead.
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    Date it. Also include a revision date. It will come handy in the near future.
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    Embed it. When you're complete, put it on whatever you want. This could be in a license agreement page of an installer.


  • Notice that many agreements use mature and decreeing like words, do use those types of words to make it sound like you're enforcing the user to your rules.
  • Try making your agreement easily understandable.
  • A typical license agreement is about 1 to 3 or 4 full pages. It can also be as much as 10 full pages long. Do add as much information and rules that you want to apply and describe them about briefly.
  • As described in the warnings section below, if it's going to have to be really long document, consider adding a review to quickly review all the statements in a brief and understanding fashion.
  • Make sure the entire flow is organized. Don't go from this then if you for get something, add it to the bottom later. In other words, keep it as organized as much as you can. If you need to add citations or referrals, say something like, "(refer to section whatever it is for more details)".


  • Don't make your agreement too long, such as 20 to 30 pages. No one would like to read that long of a document. That is, unless if you're an enthusiast.
  • Don't use really complicated words. These words also include, but not limited to, some words from the Bible or "old pirate" words. Here is an example: "Thou shalt not cheat by copying thy work wickedly" or "Ye shall not have stole ye treasure, or ye shall have barnacles all over ye". It will also make it sound like a riddle and can also be really hard to understand. Words like deemed, whatsoever, behalf, that sort of thing is fine as a matter of fact it's perfect.
  • Make sure it doesn't involve any foul languages. An immature reader can learn off of this if you include them.
  • Do not try to copy agreements from other sources (even by means to edit them). It may be copy protected as well. Do use them as ideas though (as said above).

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