I\'ve been following, like most of you, I\'m sure, the ongoing discussion about Tascam\'s plans to integrate copy protection of libraries in their software.
Does anybody see anything wrong with this picture?
I mean the Tascam-centric (Or GigaStudio-centric) copy protection approach versus the developer-centric (or library-centric approach).
Isn\'t Tascam, by making their application directly such an integral part of the CP scheme vulnerable to possible future developments?
Let\'s say that if GigaStudio\'s role in this scheme fails, the whole scheme fails. Now, imagine that GS code is reverse engineered, and somebody patches the application to automatically detect and decrypt encoded files without authorization. This would break all the existing libraries to date. Not only that, but you\'re making a cracker\'s life so much easier, because you only need to break the minimum common denominator (GS), to in fact break all libraries.
On the other hand, any developer is free to enforce copy protection on their own library at their own discretion (by any method or scheme they wish). What\'s wrong with watermarking?
Why does Tascam want to expose themselves to the mere possibility that they could be sued a million times their c r a p in gold by the developers if their system fails and makes these libraries vulnerable to pirating? Why not let each developer take matters into their own hands, and avoid any type of liability?
Why would they do that? Hint, hint: Listen to Bruce, and his \"conspiracy theory\", because the more I think about it, the more this seems like a mere attempt to protect GigaStudio\'s predominance in a market of ever-increasing competition.
Who pays for this? Whoever pays for the software (the user). Do you know how expensive it is to create and maintain Copy Protection? You gotta spend time programming, testing, and debugging the code. Then, spend some more in customer service reps to help with the maelstrom of phone calls from confused and pissed off users.
For crying out loud, let\'s invest in making Giga the best, and not in trying to keep the competition down under through this type of strategies!
Disclaimer: I\'m no insider, and my comments are based on the general feeling expressed by many people in this forum of things to come.
If there\'s anything wrong with my reasoning, please let me know!