Getting Started with WMLA Licensing!

Get started with Microsoft's WMLA Licensing group.

Microsoft's WMLA Licensing group provides licensing administration for Microsoft PlayReady Agreements and several Microsoft Windows Media Agreements. It's important to note that Microsoft only executes these technology distribution and/or product development agreements with a "Company" (which may be a sole proprietorship, corporation, educational institution, or a non-profit). Additionally, expect significant delays to your license request if your company has any outstanding payments with Microsoft. You can email WINMLA@microsoft.com to ensure your accounts are up to date prior to starting your licensing request.

Always review the PlayReady licensing website and/or the Windows Media licensing website to ensure that you are selecting the appropriate license agreement for your company. When you are ready to request a license, go to our License Request Form to make a request.

Your agreement request will take two to four weeks to complete. The licensing process is outlined below for agreement types that are fulfilled through electronic signature and agreement types that are paper sign and return only. If you have questions regarding the licensing process, please email wmla@microsoft.com.

Licensing Process

Agreements with Fees/Royalties

Process for electronic signature routed agreements.
  1. REQUEST a license agreement via the License Request Form. Microsoft sends agreement application via email. (3 business days)
  2. APPLICATION is completed/returned to WMLA.
  3. DRAFT of agreement provided using your application. (3 business days)
  4. DRAFT APPROVED via email after reviewed for accuracy by customer (or errors reported to Microsoft).
  5. FINAL executable version created and available to sign electronically. (10 business days)
  6. SIGN your agreement using DocuSign.
  7. COUNTERSIGN completed by Microsoft. (3 business days)
  8. INVOICE sent to customer. (3 business days)
  9. DELIVERABLES are provided only after payment is confirmed. (3 business days)

Agreements without Fees/Royalties

Process for paper
  1. REQUEST a license agreement via the License Request Form. Microsoft sends executable agreement version via DocuSign. (3 business days)

    If you request an agreement that requires an Extended Validation Code Signing Certificate, WMLA will send instructions on how to obtain it after you have requested the agreement. Other requirements may also apply.

  2. SIGN your agreement using DocuSign.
  3. COUNTERSIGN completed by Microsoft. (3 business days)
  4. DELIVERABLES are provided next (if no fees apply). (3 business days)