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By classicmanpro ·
Hello my name is Alexander T(classicmanpro)

I would like to get your opinion about an idea that's been bugging me for sometime.
I have noticed that It's very easy to aquire a pirated program and register it with someone else's name.
I think that the companies that sell the program must supply an registration code based on the user's name.
That way when you first start the program you will have to register by inserting the name and the code given by the company. The program takes the name,locally creates the code and compares it with the code inserted by you.If they match the program will be registered.
OK,now comes the best part.
Let's say that an "inspection" comes to verify the user's registration.
The Inspector will take the user's code and give it to the company(wich will have a specially designed application for converting the CODE to NAME) wich will return the user's registration name.
If the name checks out it's good but if not WE GOT HIM.
Let's say that the user hadan illegal program and the registration name returned by the company wasn't his....then who's name was it ?
We find the person and......start asking questions

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That's about it !
What do you think is this idea good or at least half good...?
Sorry if my english is a little rusty...

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by TheChas In reply to Software Registration

First, I think you are looking to start a discussion on this topic.
So, you should close the Q&A question, and post this in the appropriate discussion section.

As to your overal question, many companies are starting to do this.
Witness the product activation scheme in Windows and Office XP.

I have downloaded software from several firms that require a key that they send me via e-mail.

One even requires an active internet connection to complete the activation process.

That said, I am against more secure keys in general.
1. It is a pain if you need to format your drive, and re-install the software. And what happens if the mfg goes out of business, or is absorbed by another firm?

2. Not everyone has, or wants web access.How do we deal with their computers in a reasonable fashion?

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by classicmanpro In reply to Software Registration

I've never thought about a company going out of business or the merging with another one.

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by B_Pope In reply to Software Registration

name a program at least 3 months old, I'll be back with the serial,crack,keygen,hack or whatever you want to call it in 10 minutes.

This is true today & will be true 5 years from now. The same day a new program is released, there's people all over the world cracking it. Believe me it doesn't take long, a few hours to a couple days.

What person in their right mind is going to allow access to their personal PC, by some sort of inspector, not me.

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by classicmanpro In reply to Software Registration

You're right....I guess we got to stick to the old ways....

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