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Software activations and DRM

I spent $129 on your software. Now I have a new computer, and apparently you’ve gone out of business. Website can’t be found. Emails are not replied to. The software still runs, but it asks me for an activation, which I can’t get. Cause in your infinite wisdom and fear of someone using your software without paying, you tied the activation code to a specific MAC address. Given what I see when I search, there’s no shortage of cracked software, but your paying customers are SOL.

There’s the story of DRM in a nutshell: paying customers – screwed. Thieves – still running just fine.

As when I train my dogs, maybe you should ask yourself: what incentives am I reinforcing with this?