Copy protection

Marcus Meissner marcus at
Mon Oct 2 11:40:34 CDT 2006

On Mon, Oct 02, 2006 at 05:18:57PM +0100, James Courtier-Dutton wrote:
> Martin Owens wrote:
> >>Re Copy Protection.
> >>
> >>be quite hard to make this work I think?
> >
> >It would be quite dangerous to make this work.
> >
> >What about creating a file say with a fake data map, wine thinks it's
> >the direct access to the hard drive where all this information is
> >held. all we do is add the place where the data starts and the data
> >thats stored. it would be slower but it would get around the dangers
> >while keeping the interface the same.
> >
> >
> The easiest way round this is to simply recognise the executable with 
> the copy protection, and simply install a hook to catch the appropriate 
> file system or registry calls and divert them to a special handling 
> routine to satisfy the application. The difficulty would come from 
> actually implementing the "copy protection" part. I.e. Preventing the 
> wine user from copying the software.

We can't, this kind of circumvention is likely to be illegal in the US.

Ciao, Marcus

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