I would propose the following wording, or some variation there-of:

This question appears to be off-topic because it is about licensing. Questions on licensing should be referred to the vendor, and an answer obtained in writing from them.

Some sample questions that I've voted-to-close with this reason:

MySQL licensing

sql server license

Help about Oracle licensing

How to verify an oracle database license

Also, this proposed question contained within this meta-question about licensing being on-topic: Can I ask a question about ODBC driver and license?

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    Is there a reason why you need this instead of marking it as just plain old off topic?
    – Namphibian
    Jan 6, 2015 at 20:23
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    Since there are possible legal ramifications to bad advice, having a discrete vote-to-close reason defined in the list would make it more obvious to closers what to use as the reason.
    – Hannah Vernon Mod
    Jan 6, 2015 at 20:51

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We don't need a new close reason for this.

  1. The volume of licensing questions doesn't justify it
  2. Existing close reasons can be used (e.g. too localized/too broad/opinion-based)
  3. A link to the relevant meta discussion is sufficient to provide context:
    Are licensing questions within our scope?

I just don't feel it is worth cluttering up the vote to close page for this specific case.

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    Perhaps adding a canonical question / answer like they have on Serverfault would be less intrusive (bad choice of wording but not sure how else to put it)?
    – Reaces
    Jan 11, 2015 at 18:44

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