copy protection

<security> Any technique designed to prevent unauthorised copying of software. Such techniques will only hinder the most incompetant attempts at software theft but often prevent legitimate customers from using products they have paid for in the way they want. Considered silly.

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Last updated: 2010-02-03

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copyleft « copy member « copy module « copy protection » copyright » copyright symbol » copywronged