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23 How can I prevent software piracy? (Miscellaneous Macintosh)




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This article is from the Miscellaneous Macintosh FAQ, by Elliotte Rusty Harold elharo@shock.njit.edu with numerous contributions by others.

23 How can I prevent software piracy? (Miscellaneous Macintosh)

Novice pirates may be stymied by simply storing an application
on a server and only granting read privileges to it. However anyone
who's been around Macs for more than a week knows that StuffIt,
Compact Pro, or any of a dozen other utilities can copy
read-only files.

For more reliable protection of software on networked Macs
consider KeyServer from Sassafras Software. KeyServer installs
special code into each protected application so that it won't
run without a key obtained from a server. Thus a pirate may
be able to copy an application but won't be able to use it.
KeyServer asymptotically costs about $20 per protected Mac which
may seem a little expensive just to prevent piracy, but KeyServer
also works as a license manager. The number of available keys can
be set at the server so that only as many keys for a given package
as you have legal licenses will be passed out. Therefore you only
need to buy as many copies of applications as will actually be in
use at any given time, not as many as you have Macs. KeyServer will
more than pay for itself the next time you upgrade or purchase new
software. You can get a demo version of KeyServer and various
sales propaganda and pricing info by sending email to
sassafras@dartmouth.edu.

 

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