Apple set to follow Microsoft's lead on piracy
Apple is set to follow in Microsoft's footprints and introduce a controversial anti-piracy technology similar to Microsoft's Windows Genuine Advantage. The company has filed an updated patent application for a product activation technology that could every bit as contentious as that of its rival's. Patent application 20070288886, titled "Run-Time Code Injection To Perform Checks" and dated 13 December, spells out a "digital rights management system" that would "restrict execution of that application to specific hardware platforms." In the application, Apple noted the ease with which digital information can be copied and the just-as-easy way users could break promises not to illegally distribute copies of that data. It also admitted that, in the end, copy-protection schemes such as dongles or encrypting software wouldn't stop pirates on a mission.
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