[futurebasic] Yet another copy protection idea.

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From: Mark Goodes <wave@...>
Date: Mon, 2 Aug 1999 12:38:32 -0400
I've been reading the book "MicroSerfs" and it triggered yet another copy
protection idea.  It's kind of cruel and strange, but I'm wondering if
anyone has thought of this or tried it.

When releasing software, wait a few weeks then release fake pirated
versions of your software that have annoying alert messages at random
locations that are hard to spot or which occur after a certain date.  You
would set the alert stage info programmatically to the maximum and, once
triggered, the alerts would show up often.

Of course, these broken copies would be easy to hack (just look for alert
calls) but how would anyone know if they got a true hacked copy or a fake
one?  When someone went to a pirate site to get your software, there would
always be a chance that they would get one of the fake pirate copies.  The
only way that one could be 100% sure of getting a good copy would either to
get a registered one or get a "certified" pirate copy.

Just a freaky idea for your consideration.  The list has been pretty slow
lately!

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Mark Goodes (Toronto, Canada)