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BroOf says

Mr Moderator, thanks for the superstar badge :)

deserved ;)

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bilawal360 says

As the internet is so open, there is no real way to defend your work other than the legal system. As a web developer (and a hacker – in a good way) myself, I can honestly tell you that I’ve hacked some large sites (as a means of testing) and there’s no real complete security for distribution.

With many years of developing software on my back, I can honestly tell you the best way to sell expensive scripts is to build a small part of the script into your platform (i.e. connection, etc) with the ability to have this removed for a expensive fee. A good example would probably be forum software, you would build it to have a global sign in service and it would link into your site API which would use a license key system, where if the site license is invalid it would make the site unfunctional or too basic. This has been proven and worked for me, where we saw our profits increase five-fold within a month. You should also focus on making improvements to your software frequently, where people will want to support to get the latest and greatest. Nullers can’t keep up all that often and neither can people.

I’ve also found that using encryption or the like on smaller software has been a competitive disadvantage resulting in near to zero sales. Smaller scripts don’t sell with tight security unless it is “one of a kind” which is in very exceptional circumstances (i.e. YouTube downloaders) and hard to replicate. In most cases, people put smaller scripts as open source to increase their audience who will then go on to buy their other products.

Watch out. SaaS will take over in the industry in many damaged markets (i.e. customer support, forums, etc) and software will slowly phase out in popularity over the next decade or two. Hope this advice helps you.

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colormyapp says

What if they upload the preview image to another image hosting? Unfortunately, that’s what they do now..

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pxt says

What if they upload the preview image to another image hosting? Unfortunately, that’s what they do now..

Of course you can’t help that, but this is just one way to make their lives harder.

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Australia says

May I make a suggestion.

What about the copied image being a very low quality version of your existing image, using php to resize or whatever and whacking a watermark on it with your domain and a link ?

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bilawal360 says

May I make a suggestion. What about the copied image being a very low quality version of your existing image, using php to resize or whatever and whacking a watermark on it with your domain and a link ?

Waste of resources. People would still embed your image, watermarks are useless on things like that. As long as people can see something, they’ll deal with it as it’s something.

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pxt says


May I make a suggestion. What about the copied image being a very low quality version of your existing image, using php to resize or whatever and whacking a watermark on it with your domain and a link ?
Waste of resources. People would still embed your image, watermarks are useless on things like that. As long as people can see something, they’ll deal with it as it’s something.

+1 – I don’t think they will care about watermarks.

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spotnil says

well, the security is only one of the aspects of this issue. the other aspect is the bandwidth. And the suggested script helps.

Nothing can prevent on 100% someone from stealing whatever he/she wants. But why do I have to pay for this? At least I can make one step forward and cut them from stealing the bandwidth. ;)

which again is AWESOME .

:)

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bilawal360 says

well, the security is only one of the aspects of this issue. the other aspect is the bandwidth. And the suggested script helps.

Nothing can prevent on 100% someone from stealing whatever he/she wants. But why do I have to pay for this? At least I can make one step forward and cut them from stealing the bandwidth. ;)

which again is AWESOME .

:)

That’s up to you, but you’re still going to have to pay for them to steal your bandwidth (not as much obviously) AND resources as you’ll need to watermark them on the fly which will use disk space and your CPU .

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Joost Moderator says



and trying to trick warez sites is impossible.
Not at all! In fact, these things greatly annoy these guys and as soon as it’s too much of a hassle, they’ll quit.

I respectfully disagree. These are the same people who nullify much larger commercial scripts. so they have the know-how to get around it.

Agreed, this is a deterrent and will put people off, but there’s always a way around it.

There’s always a way around it, of course. Same goes for those electronic gates at shops or even the cameras at the casino. But even non-waterproof systems prevent a bit of crime. It’s about the amount of effort compared to the amount of crime it prevents, not if it prevents the full 100% or not.

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