Adobe Enterprise Term License Agreement (ETLA)

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The ETLA Contract

UW System and Adobe signed a new Enterprise Term License Agreement (ETLA) in November, 2019. It gives most UW campuses the right to install and use Creative Cloud applications and services through 11/17/2022. Home Use rights for faculty and staff are included.

UW System also has 1000 licenses each for Captivate and Presenter for installation on UW-owned computers, which are allocated to each campus based on the number of FTEs reported for the ETLA.

The contract is for three years. At the end of three years, if we do not sign another agreement, our license rights will revert to what they were before the ETLA began.

UW-Madison Distribution

All serialized installations of Adobe software licensed under our ETLA will stop working in November, 2019.

The alternative to serialized installations is named-user licensing, which integrates NetID login with the software licensed under the ETLA. It lets currently-employed faculty and staff use Creative Cloud software and Creative Cloud services on UW- and personally-owned computers. Adobe does limit named-user logins to a maximum of two active installations. However, if you run up against that limit when installing on a third computer, Adobe makes it easy to remotely deactivate other installations, so this shouldn't be more than a minor inconvenience. Faculty and staff can find self-service installation instructions here: Please check with your IT support staff before installing software on UW-owned machines.

Shared Device Licensing is Adobe's solution for shared machines. It allows anyone with an Adobe ID to log in to machines provisioned with SDL and use all of the Creative Cloud apps and services. UW-Madison students can log in with their NetID login and password. More info on Shared Device Licensing

IT Staff can build named-user and shared-device installation packages with a variety of options in the Adobe Enterprise Admin Console. If you are IT staff and you want to build installers in the console, please send your NetID to

Please note that the above applies to UW-Madison; each participating campus will establish its own procedures for authentication and distribution.

IT Resources

Software Included in the ETLA:

Software or Services Not Included in the ETLA:
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The CLP Contract

UW System has been purchasing software under the Adobe Cumulative Licensing Program (CLP) for many years. We renewed our CLP for another 2-year term in May, 2018, both for the applications not included under the ETLA and for the campuses not participating in the ETLA. CLP licenses are no longer available from DoIT or WISC. Please connect with your local procurement staff to order.

Software Not Included in the ETLA that is still available under the CLP:

  Campuses Included in the ETLA:

Campuses Excluded from the UW System ETLA:

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