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On Software Piracy

February 5, 2007

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Michele Balistreri's “On software piracy” blog (http://briksoftware.com/blog/?p=15#more-15) discussed whether protection technology can be effective in combating piracy among other things. I do agree certain low dollar software titles, especially in the desktop space may not benefit from anti-piracy technology, but I believe it’s a must for high dollar products. Also, I disagree with idea that once someone circumvents software protection technology everyone can. This may have been true for licensing systems because the cracking teams were able to publish valid license key generators effective for all titles a specific vendor published –a “class break”. But protection technology can be implemented in such a way where a crack on one title could be used in another. In other words, the cracker would have to reverse engineer the protection scheme for each software title they wanted to enable piracy for.

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Michael Goff

Post written by Michael Goff

Marketing Director at Revulytics
Michael is Marketing Director at Revulytics where he is responsible for corporate marketing, content, and social media. He has helped to educate the industry on the benefits of software usage analytics for compliance and product management through the company's blog and contributed articles in trade publications. Michael was previously a marketing programs manager at The MathWorks and principal at Goff Communications. Michael earned a J.D. from Boston University School of Law and a B.A. from Colgate University.