I did say great deterrent, not best. From what I know, many of those sites that do offer these things illegally, typically do have a VERY high risk for virus and malware....that risk already exists and is not stopping many people.not true at all
best deterrent to piracy would be bakers building in nice viruses that format that pos persons hdd. now that would be great!
most people that pirate **** are pretty much full on thief mode. music, software, anything.
only when companies start fighting back with things like seeding viruses or destroying the user torrenting's files will it matter to those thieves.
cost of most digital albums and singles had been lowered a great deal yet piracy doubled. software from many vendors have come down in price yet piracy still remains high.
piracy abusers have this notion of "oh well i'm not taking anything i would not buy anyway"
we had a musician in another forum bragging he don't pay for anything. steals all of it. same guy months later had his gear stolen at a gig. turned into a huge cry foul baby! i lol'd at him, as did many others. karma sucks
people that steal software feel justified to do so because it is not enforced and companies don't seed nice doctored up files. if the price was $100 for pro tools the same numbers would be pirated. thieves are thieves.
There is no reason for a dongle. Some makers bake the user name and info into the purchased version, with no limitations on it. However, it becomes very obvious who shared it.....
It is software, some POS is going to crack it and make it for free if it costs a bunch of money. Thieves will always exist. If you claim the same number will pirate it, what is the point of making paying customers deal with that nonsense?
Your solutions and suggestions are based on emotion, not logic.