Breaking Code Protection
Spehro Pefhany email (remove spam text)
At 07:32 PM 2/26/2003 +0000, you wrote:
Did the competitor actually break copy protection on a microcontroller or just
burn a copied EPROM on a microprocessor?
>If you can, say, press an obscure sequence of buttons and have a
>copyright message (mildly
>encrypted of course to hide it to anyone looking at the code) appear on a
>display (even a LED in
>morse code....!), at the very least it could save time and lawyers' fees....!
It also saves you from having to break copy protection on the competitor's
unit in order to determine for sure that its been copied! That could
actually be a criminal act in some jurisdictions.
Note that many ordinary data sheets (including uChip literature) are now
*legally* protected from modification (such as pulling pages out for
documentation) by the rather draconian DMCA legislation (in the US at
least). It's embedded, including a "criminal" warning, in the
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