Marc Ehnle Posted June 19, 2018 Share Posted June 19, 2018 Lefteris, Quote As such, we have decided to try a different approach. Beginning with the forthcoming update to our A320-X product, we have decided that we are going to put our trust in you entirely. While our product installer will still ask you for the serial number issued to you after purchase, we will be eliminating all additional validation that was previously occurring at product run-time. Does this protect the product as much as requiring periodic validation? No. Does this mean pirates can copy and share the product more easily? Absolutely. Unfortunately, commercial piracy will always exist and it has a tremendous impact on all software companies' bottom lines, including our own. As a company, we are taking a real risk in making our software significantly more vulnerable to piracy. However, until such time as we find an up-to-date, alternative method that can be used in a modern 64-bit environment AND causes no validation problems for our legitimate customers, we have decided to go with this approach, allowing us to once again focus entirely on innovation and new simulation features. thank you. This is actually how all the other companies (have to, unfortunately) survive, too and this is the best you could have done now. I personally was about to get the 319 from Aerosoft. Not because of its features or their approach to use what FSL has made wrong (from your customers' POV) but because I want an A319 and was so upset about the latest ongoing farce in social media. While one can read on youtube that product piracy all the time gets justified with the prizing of the products (yours, PMDG, whoever who makes that in-depth addons) that's complete nonsense. It exists because those people are simply criminals. Breaking into houses and stealing. Nothing else and I honestly hope that one day the internet will turn around on this aspect and will make legal actions worth their effort to get those [the word is probably not allowed]. While I have always understood your effort to protect your property in my (and others) opinion it had gone too far. Not on the legal facet, but on the personal. I think you will notice that now, as you have dropped all this, you will get your customers back. Not those who purchase pirated software, you would never have had them as legit customers. If they couldn't get it cheaper or for free they wouldn't buy it at all. My very first advanced addon was the P-47 from A2A. I was 14 or 15, barely legal to purchase anything and had downloaded it somewhere on the internet. For free. ripped, pirated. I absolutely wasn't aware what I had actually done. Then I found out about the great community at the A2A forums and their great support and that I had actually stolen a product... When I noticed this, I think I was about 17, I asked my father to purchase it with his credit card. What I mean by telling this is that with a good support, a friendly and comfortable forum environment and all above with trust (A2A have no restrictions on their products and their business goes on pretty well too, despite "free" downloads on the net) you will notice that YOUR business with such amazing addons will survive those hackers out there. After that, maybe the more important economical thing: I'll get the 319 from you. Thanks, Marc 6 Quote Link to comment
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