The verb license or grant license means to give permission. The noun licence (British, Indian, Canadian, Australian, New Zealand, Irish, or South African English) or license (American English) refers to that permission as well as to the document recording that permission.
A license may be granted by a party ("licensor") to another party ("licensee") as an element of an agreement between those parties. A shorthand definition of a license is "an authorization (by the licensor) to use the licensed material (by the licensee)."
In particular, a license may be issued by authorities, to allow an activity that would otherwise be forbidden. It may require paying a fee and/or proving a capability. The requirement may also serve to keep the authorities informed on a type of activity, and to give them the opportunity to set conditions and limitations.
A licensor may grant a license under intellectual property laws to authorize a use (such as copying software or using a (patented) invention) to a licensee, sparing the licensee from a claim of infringement brought by the licensor. A license under intellectual property commonly has several components beyond the grant itself, including a term, territory, renewal provisions, and other limitations deemed vital to the licensor.
Term: many licenses are valid for a particular length of time. This protects the licensor should the value of the license increase, or market conditions change. It also preserves enforceability by ensuring that no license extends beyond the term of the agreement.
Territory: a license may stipulate what territory the rights pertain to. For example, a license with a territory limited to "North America" (Mexico/United States/Canada) would not permit a licensee any protection from actions for use in Japan.
A shorthand definition of license is "a promise by the licensor not to sue the licensee." That means without a license any use or exploitation of intellectual property by a third party would amount to copying or infringement. Such copying would be improper and could, by using the legal system, be stopped if the intellectual property owner wanted to do so.
Intellectual property licensing plays a major role in business, academia and broadcasting. Business practices such as franchising, technology transfer, publication and character merchandising entirely depend on the licensing of intellectual property. Land licensing (proprietary licensing) and IP licensing form sub-branches of law born out of the interplay of general laws of contract and specific principles and statutory laws relating to these respective assets.

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  1. thorborg

    Washington  I-666 B.C. for hunting license

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  2. 41mag

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  3. unknowncoast

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  4. R

    Idaho  CCW License vs. No License

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  5. ATCclears

    WA State - if you're planning to renew to Driver's License in 2019 or 2020

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  6. arakboss

    Oregon  Would FFL License Negate Restrictions in IP43 REDUX?

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  7. T

    Oregon  How soon after your record is expunged can you get a hunting license?

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  8. ATCclears

    WA residents - changes coming to Drivers License, and limits on air travel with them

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  9. RicInOR

    National  Scared By Drivers License Photos

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  10. B

    How to get CHL that reciprocate with other states?

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  11. RicInOR

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  12. Elf

    Washington  Illegal to carry at someone's house w/out permission

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  13. RicInOR

    International  Canada- Grace Period -vs- Jail for late FA license renewal

    I would have put CA in headline, but you'd all mistake that for CA wouldn't you. Good news for our Canadian readers Gun owners to get 6-month grace period when licence expires Canada's gun-owners will no longer have to worry about facing a jail term if they are a few days or week late in...
  14. T

    Tried to Buy Beer With Concealed License

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  15. coastal steelheader

    WA St. HB 1647 Get ready for fishing license increases

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  16. CountryGent

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  17. CountryGent

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