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My software is being pirated.

My software is being pirated.

I have contacted with the forum where is the post with the crack and with the business that he requested (I called him) this crack. But they do not seem to want to collaborate. What I do?

How I can prevent future actions like this?

Now, the users can downlaod a demo limited by days from my website and others webs. I'm using Quick License Manager....

Thanks in advance.
yo
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
 
 
Quick, jump down a bridge, your life is over!!

Or, you could get over yourself, accept that this is going to happen regardless, and take it as an encouraging sign that there is a market for your offering.
Don't Fix What Ain't Broke
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
 
 
1) Congratulations. Piracy for IT is like making it in white collar crime (being on 60 Minutes) or music (being parodied by Weird Al).

2) Threaten the original company that copied your software to report them to the BSA (BSA.org). It's almost as good as sending in the lawyers (perhaps even better, because you aren't paying for it directly). If they are willing to pirate your software, you can bet they have pirated someone the BSA cares about (MS).
Code Slave
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
 
 
I'd take this as a badge of honor.

I mean I'd still be mad at the lost revenue, but at least it means people really want your software!
Matt B
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
 
 
Congratulations, people who were never going to spend money on your software are now getting it for free. Don't worry about it, piracy happens. Do enough to keep the honest people honest and then just build stuff that paying customers want.
Martin Pilkington Send private email
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
 
 
Well you should download it, but don't run it, and do a binary comparison. You will very likely find that it has been modified from your original with viruses, trojans and malware. Then you post an analysis of your findings on your web site, with a note that you are concerned for the well being of your users and you want to warn anyone who "finds" these versions that they contain a trojan.
Scott
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
 
 
"Congratulations, people who were never going to spend money on your software are now getting it for free."

This is NOT true.  The problem is that many times these cracked sites get in the search engines before yours, with keywords...and people searching for your software will get directed to the cracked version first.

This is a part of doing business, but you should not ignore it.
piracy = counterfeiting
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
 
 
That is definitely true, piracy DOES affect sales and costs money losses. But it also might contribute to revenue as well if the pirated version lead to a lot of positive word of mouth advertising.

If the pirate is in another country, there is the possibility of retaining local "thugs" to pay them a visit and make sure your stuff is off the servers.
Tony Chang
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
 
 
if your software is a big program like photoshop or something like that you can protect it with usb keys/dongle.
check this http://www.google.com/search?q=usb+key

or another approach is to write some license control function and look via internet to is this license is ok. most of softwares does that and its more easy to ship and control I guess.
özkan pakdil Send private email
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
 
 
"Congratulations, people who were never going to spend money on your software are now getting it for free."

... and a LOT of people who would have paid for your software now don't have to.

Hey Martin Pilkington, aren't you the guy with the touchy-feely anti-piracy message in your software? Make your mind up! Or is piracy only a problem when it's YOU who's losing money?
I hate hypocrites
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
 
 
I am 100 % Disagreement with the first messages. Your conclussion: piracy, c'est la vie ....

I am more of agreement with 5 last messages. More reality

My sales down and my business is losing money....The piracy is something to consider!

My software is only for business = the illegal users are business.

I'm searching methods to difficult to crack my software.

The surest thing is that I denounce it but this does not avoid it to that other users use my software cracked .

Remember: the illegal users are business.

I am not looking in this post for philosophies of the piracy, look for methods to avoid it...

"or another approach is to write some license control function and look via internet to is this license is ok. most of softwares does that and its more easy to ship and control I guess.
"

It looks like to me a good idea.

The problem is that nowadays my soft is circulating the full program already cracked.  the user might avoid this validation.
Yo
Thursday, December 25, 2008
 
 
You look clueless, and you probably are.

Piracy happened, happen and WILL happen. Take a time and understand it.

"My sales down and my business is losing money....The piracy is something to consider! " - than your business have a problem. Give people a reason to buy.

"I am not looking in this post for philosophies of the piracy, look for methods to avoid it..."

And what makes you think that you're first on planet Earth who thought about this "problem"?!

"or another approach is to write some license control function and look via internet to is this license is ok. "
Online activation is utter crap. This only makes pirated version MORE attractive, since it doesn't waste my time on this activation nonsense.
Yosi
Thursday, December 25, 2008
 
 
Join the club.

Piracy/antipiracy is an arms race.  Sometimes all you can do is pick a market where the cost of licensing isn't worth the cost of hacking (or searching out a hack).  If your software is boring enough it won't become some script kiddie's mission in life to crack it.
Codger
Thursday, December 25, 2008
 
 
You're not going to get a crack taken down from a web site, and even if you do it will just reappear on some foreign website.

Best thing to do is analyze the crack and make sure it won't work on the next version.

Second, start releasing versions/updates which break the cracks on a frequent basis. This will mightily piss off the crackers and anybody who really needs your program will eventually turn into a paying customer.

As for keys, I think we're at the stage where you can do an online check of any key entered into the program to make sure it's genuine. This prevents keygens, etc. from being created.

OTOH I could argue that no user is a bad user. The more people that user your program, the better. It certainly worked for Microsoft.
Jimmy Jones
Thursday, December 25, 2008
 
 
Ok YOSI!The piracy exists and always it will exist. Already is it?

' The normal thing is they to impede this (in the possible). And more when they are companies that have money to buy.

do you live of the software? Do you pay taxes, rates, expenses, salary, etc? If your you were doing this, you would not think this way
Yo
Friday, December 26, 2008
 
 
YOSI: your arguments are poor.

In my country say: "mal de muchos consuelo de tontos"....Well! translate it ;-)
Yo
Friday, December 26, 2008
 
 
Dealing with piracy depends on what kind of software you have.

Is it business software? Most businesses in rich, developed countries will pay for software; most large businesses everywhere else will, too. If you're seeing piracy it's because you've made it easier to pirate the software than it is to fill out the requisition forms needed to get a check cut. You need a very simple license scheme that is enough to prevent people inside the business from pirating simply out of laziness. Make it harder to pirate than to get the accounting department to cut a check, and no harder.

Is it software for consumers? Consumers rarely pay for software. Your business model is problematic. Look into developing an online component that costs money, so that copying the client software doesn't matter. Or, figure out how to monetize the product in other ways... maybe by selling consulting or putting advertising in the product somewhere.
Joel Spolsky Send private email
Saturday, December 27, 2008
 
 
I shutter when I read posts like this one regarding pirated software.

This is EXACTLY why I won't put my software on the web for sale.

I developed a few apps back in 2005 that I do believe could make some money.

But, because today's protection technology is not strong enough, I will NOT be hosting my software online for sale.

IT's just another reason to "just say no" until better obfuscation or security is built into IDEs.

The truth of the matter (FOR ME) is, I would rather make no money on something I've built (waiting for technology to be better protective) than to make some money but lose an unspecified significant amount of money on others pirating your software.
Brice Richard Send private email
Saturday, December 27, 2008
 
 
>> do you live of the software?

I'm hardware engineer. Yet your arguments are null and void.

What makes some people think that they deserve $100 for "provided as-is, no warranty" bug-ridden software is beyond my comprehension.
I see zero reason to pay for home-used software. Games excluded as source of entertainment.
Get rid of EULA, DRM, online activation, provide some kind of warranty, decent manual and THAN we will talk.
Yosi
Sunday, December 28, 2008
 
 

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