A Method to Prevent Software Piracy

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Software piracy currently accounts for about 20 percent of all software in use in the United States and over 40 percent worldwide. With these numbers rising, software companies need a way to secure their intellectual property against theft that is more effective than their current attempts.

A solution proposed by a Purdue University researcher works by tying the software to the specific computer on which it is installed. Hidden protections in the program would be triggered randomly to detect if the software has been pirated. A mixture of short- and long-term protections would provide long-lasting, secure protection. This method of detection provides better security from piracy than current encryption-based piracy deterrents and has little effect on the speed or memory of the software in use.

Advantages:
-Various triggers make protection very difficult to crack
-Provides long-term protection from software piracy

Potential Applications:
-Computer technology
-Computer security
Feb 3, 2014
Utility Patent
United States
9,275,203
Mar 1, 2016

Dec 31, 2012
Provisional-Patent
United States
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