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(HTML / .JS - Based Tool) Piracy Dissuasion Methods?

Discussion in 'Software Development' started by persop111, Jul 22, 2006.

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  1. persop111

    persop111 Thread Starter

    Jul 22, 2006
    Hi there -

    Working on developing a tool that will be completely xhtml and javascript-based and will run on my customer's local machines within a web browser.

    My concern is thus. The install program I'm putting together will require authentication and upon getting a proper key will install on the users machine / local drive. Problem is this. Javascript cannot access the local hard drive, so I'm kind of limited as far as ways by which I can dissuade would be pirates of copying and re-distributing the locally-stored html and .js files (which make up the entire tool I'm developing). I can of course obfuscate the files, but in the obfuscated form they are still functional.

    Does anyone here have a clue as to how I may upon installation implement some type of user permission settings that correlate with perhaps a unique system id like a mac address, etc..., so the files (html and js) are given unchangeable (to a point) permissions that will only allow them to be opened on the machine they were legitimately installed on? I know this is a sticky subject, especially considering that html, xml, js are more or less meant to be open, but because they represent the bulk of this tool I'm developing and will ultimately (I hope) be selling to customers for a few dollars, I would like to make it as difficult as possible for large-scale unauthorized replication and redistribution to occur.

    Any takers?
  2. brendandonhu


    Jul 8, 2002
    I wouldn't bother, the HTML and JavaScript will be easily copied despite whatever protections you try to put on them.
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