elasticLM was a prototype develpment of an intelligent software licensing technology for distributed computing, e.g. using computational Grids or Clouds. elasticLM solves an number of inherent licensing problems when running commercial applications in distributed environments., e.g. missing connectivity to the license server in the home organisation at run time due to firewall restrictions. The development was based on the outcome of the European project SmartLM. elasticLM was developed in the Bioinformatics department of the Fraunhofer Institute SCAI.