AW: OT: copy protection / licensing for Mac?

Tiemo Hollmann TB toolbook at
Tue Aug 12 08:05:21 EDT 2008

Hi Chipp,
thanks for sharing your considerations, very helpful!

> -----Ursprüngliche Nachricht-----
> Von: use-revolution-bounces at [mailto:use-revolution-
> bounces at] Im Auftrag von Chipp Walters
> Gesendet: Dienstag, 12. August 2008 06:31
> An: How to use Revolution
> Betreff: Re: OT: copy protection / licensing for Mac?
> I believe most of us who develop commercial apps have our own spin on
> how to do this best-- and are certainly reluctant to share our
> techniques in an open list such as this.
> That said, for me there are a number of issues which go into design
> considerations.
> First of all, it's important to know pirates won't buy your software,
> no matter what. So, you don't 'lose' a sale when someone pirates your
> software.
> That said, the honor system doesn't work either. Asking or reminding
> someone to consider purchasing your app just doesn't work anymore.
> So for me, the goal is to create a copy protection system which allows
> users to try my product to see if they like it, but doesn't turn them
> into pirates. So, it must either disable itself or severely limit it's
> core functions enough to create a threshold where they will pay to
> enable them again.
> For our own products, we have one other goal, and that is to create a
> one person-one license as opposed to a one person-one computer
> agreement. This enables our users to use the same regcode on their
> desktop and laptop, either Mac or PC.
> We tie their valid PayPal email address to their registration code,
> and if they really want to give out their regcode to others, then
> they'll be sending out their email address with it.
> I believe this type of license is most customer friendly and doesn't
> require us to use MACaddresses or other hardware specific solutions
> which are less customer friendly and require more hours of customer
> support.
> HTH,
> Chipp
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