I thought this deserved a topic of its own. Towards the bottom of this thread,
Gary suggested brainstorming on what the best copy protection would be. For all of you who hate the various methods currently used by software vendors, here's an opportunity to stand up and be counted. In Gary, we have a manufacturer who's actually asked what you think and has proven to be the kind of person who really listens. You want to make a difference in the way copy protection is managed in the software industry? Here's your chance. If you have a good idea that he implements and users love, it will doubtless catch on in the software world, and you will have made a difference.
As I see it, the criteria for the perfect scheme is very simple:
So, don't like the way things are? Wanna change the world? Then step up to the microphone. What's the perfect copy protection scheme that benefits both parties?
- It has to do an effective job of protecting the software company from file sharing and other forms of piracy.
- It has to be painless and transparent to legitimate paying customers.
- It should be as low cost as possible - since expenses inevitably end up in the selling price, that's in the customers' best interest.