OT: copy protection / licensing for Mac?

Björnke von Gierke bvg at mac.com
Fri Aug 8 06:29:21 EDT 2008

On 8 Aug 2008, at 11:50, Terry Judd wrote:

> I'm almost certain SecuROM is cross-platform.

The problem with most "Security" systems you can buy is that they  
often cause instabilities, slowdowns and malfunctions on your  
customers pc's, and you'll be unable to rectify them. As these systems  
are a prime target for hackers, their main selling point about being  
better against real hacking attempts are invalid.

For Securing your investment, there's only three factors to evaluate:

1. How will regular customers be handicapped or disturbed by these  
2. How much time (respectively money) do I need to implement and  
support the security solution
3. How easy will casual copying be

Unfortunately many developers still think in terms of prohibiting  
hacking, which is similar academic as trying to stop spam from  
reaching your openly shown e-mail address.

As for a recommendation, You could calculate a unique identifier,  
which is sent to you via the web once. Alternatively you can check for  
a certain file being on the CD. If you can make unique files onto  
them, then you could connect a unique number with the CD, similar to a  
dongle. But most customers only have one, maximal two CD or DVD  
drives, so they'll be greatly dissatisfied with any solution that  
constantly needs a CD inserted (Factor nr. 1).

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