Alastair’s Place

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Illegal Activation Attempts

On occasion, when people illegally distribute our software, we end up having to revoke their licenses. I’m sure they feel that this is some sort of “revenge” measure, but it really isn’t about that; we do it for two main reasons:

  • To stop others from activating copies of the files they distributed.
  • To stop them from distributing future versions and updates.

As a result of one recent incident, we’ve been seeing a lot of attempts to activate illegal copies of iPartition 3. So many, in fact, that I’m quite tempted to publish the IP addresses of the people involved. Doubtless if we do that, people will whine about infringement of their privacy, but I’m not suggesting publishing their names, just their IP addresses and maybe their machine serial numbers.

I’d be interested to hear others’ thoughts on this idea.