Michael Gartenberg on the Mac App Store’s lightweight approach to copy protection:
Apple’s approach is simple. It’s an honor thing. The company
believes that, given the choice, people will do the right thing.
It also understands that anti-piracy techniques don’t stop
pirates, but they do get in the way of honest users.
I touched on this in 2007, regarding the success of Apple’s “family pack” licensing for Mac OS X updates:
What’s interesting about this is that the single-computer
license isn’t enforced in code by the operating system. (Or
at least that’s been the case with Mac OS X 10.0 through
10.4.) And, I suspect, most DF readers are aware of this. Which
means many readers are doing the right thing simply because
★ Sunday, 13 February 2011