Re: Tips to protect your software from piracy?
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Originally Posted by Skiller
I agree with your statement.
I can report here the solution i adopted.
In fact there is NO way to protect a software or a digital product from being cracked or copied. it's sad but true.
I found an article, pretty interesting but i won't post the link unless you ask me to do it, that describes a different approach.
The approach is the following:
how many chances are there that you are going to sell a digital product whose price is averagely above the 5 dollars in a country where such money could represent one or more days of salary. 0 to none.
So what is the benefit to expose your brand or product in those countries? none.
By chance, are those the same countries where criminal organizations or criminal behaviors about copying software are pretty widespread? well, very very very often.
Respectfully for the honest people in those same countries. but that is the truth.
So why are we exposing our product in those countries?
I faced a situation in which we had 100+ new links to cyberlockers files that contained cracked versions of our products every months. Every day new links spreading illegally cracked versions of our software.
We decided to ban a bunch of those countries. (among them, but not only, china, russia, ukraine, romania, malaysia, india, some south american countries, some eastern europe countries etc.) All places where the average salary can be as low as $1 per day. tell me how we were supposed to sell anything there... impossible. plus we were getting piracy from those countries.
Result: no more piracy.
Attempts yes, for sure, lot of proxying attempts, but no more piracy.
What did we lose? customers? we did not have sales in those countries before, no matter how much we advertised, so no we did not lose customers. actually we gained in terms of server load.
We saved all our new products, released after the ban, we saved hours of work everyday trying to track those links, dealing with removals requests, etc.
We improved our quality of life, sounds naive, but it worked. up to you guys.