Software piracy prevention through remote enforcement of an activation threshold

CAFC
  • US 8,613,110 B2
  • Filed: 04/19/2012
  • Issued: 12/17/2013
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/14/2000
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A method for preventing piracy of software installable in a data storage element on a user'"'"'s computer, the method comprising:

  • (a) receiving, using a remote service system, a unique identification code that uniquely identifies an authentic copy of the software;

    (b) updating, using the remote service system, a number of activation attempts for the authentic copy of the software based on the unique identification code;

    (c) transmitting, using the remote service system, an activation code to the user'"'"'s computer that activates at least part of the functionality of the authentic copy of the software when the number of activation attempts is less than a predetermined threshold; and

    (d) blacklisting, using the remote service system, the unique identification code when the number of activation attempts is not less than the predetermined threshold, so that the authentic copy of the software is prohibited from receiving any future activation codes from the remote service system.

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