OT: copy protection / licensing for Mac?

Terry Judd tsj at unimelb.edu.au
Fri Aug 8 05:50:35 EDT 2008

I'm almost certain SecuROM is cross-platform. We delivered a couple of
educational products using it (the clients, for reasons that are beyond me,
insisted on encryption despite a relatively small market for the software).
It seems to be fairly expensive to setup but the unit price isn't too bad if
you're doing reasonable batch sizes.

>From memory there is a software tool that lets you do the encryption stuff
yourself on the Windows side of things but you have to send off your Mac
executable to get it 'fixed' by their guys. It must work with Rev apps
because we used it on a big medical imaging project I did a while back and I
haven't heard of any complaints from end users.



On 8/8/08 6:43 PM, "Tiemo Hollmann TB" <toolbook at kestner.de> wrote:

> Hello,
> this topic is already discussed a few times, but I didn't found any
> "satisfying" answers in the archives.
> I am looking for a copy protection / or licensing system with a minimum on
> handling / trouble for me which gives a good protection for the average
> user. No protection against cracks is required, because the quantity of my
> publication is too low to be in interest for hackers. I want to build a
> hybrid CD for Mac and Win. Up to now I used ProtectDisc (a german system)
> which is implemented in my runtime exe, so that my app can be run only with
> the original CD (which is ok, because my apps are heavy video apps, where
> the videos always stay on CD. This is a good solution for me, because I
> don't have any maintenance as supplying a licensing server with serial and
> all this activation stuff. BUT this technique is only available for Win ( as
> my CD factory tells me, because the Mac community is "so small"). So that
> the Mac part of my hybrid CD is unsecured and can be copied.
> I was already thinking of programming a kind of a "minimum licensing"
> function for the Mac part, as asking any hardware information from the
> system, generating a licence key for this number, which I had to pass to the
> customer. But this would just be a very small obstacle, because any user
> could ask for the licence key, because the users can buy my product in
> standard bookshops as amazon, where I don't have any control, if they bought
> a official copy or if they copied it from a friend.
> What are your experiences, which systems do you use for protection / easy
> handling of licensing? Is there at all any copy protection which works for
> both sides of hybrid CDs?
> Thanks for sharing your experiences
> Tiemo
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Dr Terry Judd
Lecturer in Educational Technology (Design)
Biomedical Multimedia Unit
Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry & Health Sciences
The University of Melbourne
Parkville VIC 3052

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