serial numbers on standalones

Mark Talluto userev at
Sat Mar 16 15:33:07 EDT 2013

On Mar 16, 2013, at 11:09 AM, Richmond <richmondmathewson at> wrote:

> It does seem that all the extra fuss and work involved sorting out a serial number system is hardly
> worth the effort.

The amount of effort is dependent on situation. 

> Of course . . . one could send out a standalone of a stack to find out one's potential client's
> Mac Address, then make a standalone for him/her that checks against that Mac Address; although
> that seems a bit mean as when his/her computer goes 'pop' s/he will have to pay out all over again.

DRM should never lock a client out because their hardware changed.  Binding to a MAC address is also not reliable.  They can be spoofed and some systems change their MAC address on every startup.  A system that can adapt to hardware changes, not knock the client out, but let you know that this is taking place so you can make a decision on how to proceed is what we are using.

Best regards,

Mark Talluto

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