You can transfer licences between different iLoks. This service is free for any iLoks you own within one account on iLok.com. However, you can also transfer licences from one iLok to another on different accounts for a fee of $25 per licence, which enables you to buy plug-in licences ‘second-hand’.
“Moving licences from iLok to iLok within a single account is free,” says Andrew Kirk, Vice President of PACE Anti-Piracy. “This was the most demanded feature from user groups. A lot of people have two or more iLoks that they’ve collected over the years, going back to their Mix systems. Now they can combine those multiple licences onto one iLok, or organise their plug-ins on different iLoks as needed.”
To transfer within an account (free)
To transfer licences between your own iLoks, first make sure your iLoks are plugged in to USB ports on your computer and then log into your account on iLok.com and choose the Move Licenses option from the menu bar down the left hand side of the iLok site. Make sure you don’t remove your iLoks from the computer at this point. Then choose the source iLok and which licences you wish to move, select the destination iLok from the simple step-by-step instructions and its done. I used this recently to rearrange my iLok licences so that for certain types of work away from my studio I only need to take one iLok with me now.
Be aware, though, that you can run into problems synchronising and transferring licences if you’re connecting to iLok.com from behind a proxy server or firewall, which will be the case for many corporate and educational users. If you do run into the dreaded “unexpected authorization error 411”, your only option is to find another machine that’s connected to the Internet in a different way.
To transfer between different accounts ($25)
Transferring licences between different accounts (also known as transfer of ownership) is a very similar process to transferring within your own account and is great if you want to buy and sell any plug-ins from other users. It is handled securely by iLok.com, but be aware that this type of transfer is not free and iLok.com will charge you $25 per licence to transfer ownership. Log in your account on iLok.com and choose the Move Licenses option from the menu bar down the left hand side of the iLok site.
For example, if you bought an upgrade bundle deal and you found you already owned some of the plug-ins, you could sell the duplicates — if the Vendor makes it possible. Andrew Kirk explains: “Some vendors [software publishers] allow for iLok-to-iLok transfer within an account, and some don’t; however, iLok.com will tell you if they don’t. Also, some companies don’t allow any transfer of licences at all. This is based upon each software publisher’s business policies.”
So it is worth checking with a software publisher before you try to buy or sell a plug-in, in case they do not allow transfers and you end up buying a plug-in you can’t transfer onto your own iLok! It is up to the individual software publishers to determine what transfers they will permit under the terms of their licence to you as the end user, but of course you all read and are fully conversant with the terms and conditions of each software licence… after all, nobody would consider just clicking OK to the ‘Have you read the term and conditions’ tick box without studying them in detail, would they?
Another factor to be aware of is that although iLok.com will email the Vendor to inform them of the licence transfer, the software manufacturer won’t necessarily provide support for transferred plug-ins: as before, it is the choice of the software manufacturer, and PACE are bound by the individual Vendors’ policies.
Next time we will be looking at the Zero Down Time option from iLok.com, seeing if it is worth it, and what happens if you don’t have it and an iLok breaks.