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Old Feb 04, 2003, 02:26 PM
Nokia I Is Nokia I Is is offline
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Default How can i protect software I make from being copied and sold?

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I have some software that I programmed. And I want to sell it to some of my mates. How can I ensure that they cannot copy the software themselves and retail it. Progamming suggestions aswell as cunning............

I thought that I can assign each copy with a key code. To activate the software it has to be emailed to a email address and a special activation key (personalised for that cd is sent back), and to activate u have to do this. Then once one key is used, that copy cannot ask for the key again, which complicated people retailing it.

This is just a quick suggestion

Anyone else................

For example freeware that does things like this?

Old Feb 04, 2003, 02:50 PM
peter_uk peter_uk is offline
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if your friends are smart enough there is no way that you are able to protect your software. you seem to sudgest the same kind of copy protection as a program called Cool Edit Pro. where a email is sent to the new user to activate the program but this has been cracked.

what is there to stop your friends saving the registration program and using the same one on every copy he has made of the program.

you could also set it up to verify itself online but it would have to verify that the same registration hasn't already been used and then not activate the program before confirmation.
Old Feb 04, 2003, 03:44 PM
Nokia I Is Nokia I Is is offline
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Thats true, I just need something small to stop this from happening


I have had a look on but they are all free to try then something like 200

I will keep looking though
Old Feb 04, 2003, 03:50 PM
Mantis Fist Mantis Fist is offline
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Unfortunatley m8, what your trying to do is what all the music companies, software companies & film companies have been trying to do for years!!

Just point out to your friends that you put alot of effort into developing the software & It would be ashame if you didnt gain some financial benefit from your hard work ?? Its worth a try.
Old Feb 05, 2003, 09:42 AM
AcidBath AcidBath is offline
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Why would you charge your fiends? Give it away for now (disable a few features if your that worried). From there submit it to etc. Just use a simple key system. While people may make a keygen or distribute a key, 90% of users have no clue about all that and will likely pay for it.
If I were you I would look into freeware or "donationware" It is a great way to get your name (or company name) out there. That way you get a ton of people using your software, then later when it is a more robust program you can follow up with versions you charge for (or charge for the "delux" edition). This marketing model is used by thousands of companies for a reason, it works.
Old Feb 05, 2003, 11:55 AM
MATRIX 2001 MATRIX 2001 is offline
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if sony, microsoft aint managed it - dont think you will m8

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