SA engineer slapped with R100,000 demand for pirated copy of Solidworks

skusku

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this, sure they print some invisible watermarks on pages printed.
also, ouch some IT guy is getting fired!
But how will solidworks get their hands on printed pages? and also isn't a invisible watermark on a printed page useless? A digital copy yes, but this still goes back to the question how solidworks will get their hand on the digital saved copy.
 

eg2505

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But how will solidworks get their hands on printed pages? and also isn't a invisible watermark on a printed page useless? A digital copy yes, but this still goes back to the question how solidworks will get their hand on the digital saved copy.
maybe the plans ended up by accident with the makers?
maybe the files have got some sort of code that keeps track of where it was originally from? could be anything really they didnt tell us how they found out.
 

wizardofid

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I am curious as to how they got to a 100k even with reduction to 86K. Considering the license fee is $4000 that is for a yearly subscription, unless they charged him for the year and a year in advance, it would make sense. However South African copyright law allows only for the cost of the software, no damages ect.

Unless they charged him a year in advance, I very much suspect he is being taken for a ride.
 

system32

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But in SA we have dynamic IP addresses
He probably used an activation key that was assigned to his company.

The "Anonymous" telemetry probably includes
DHCP IP Address
Public NAT IP Address
DNS Hostname
DNS Domain Name
Active Directory Domain Name
CPU ID
Windows Device ID
Windows Product ID
WiFi's used (very accurate for geolocation)
etc.

With this it should be able to confirm illegal use.

How I miss the days of dongles.
 

rvZA

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Ask a R100k for a license fee and you will get the s**t pirated out of your software. Now hackers will find a more effective way to ensure you never pick up on users again.
 

Afon Kulikov

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Eish, dumbass move.


3D Cad software e.g. (the most popular) Solid Works, Siemens Solid Edge & Autodesk Inventor/CAD, etc used to carry a local host license for the program, but with the new software the licence is no longer given to the client but kept on the server of said program provider so every time you open the program it checks validity with the server and if you do not have internet connection at that time the program might revert to trial version, so you can continue with work
 

Johand

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In 20 years, never dealt with a single company that does that.
Wow. Lucky you then. My company does it, and every single corporate customer we have worked with does it.

The last significant action I have seen it used was when Oracle changed the Java Runtime license from free to paid.

Any corporate not doing it is asking for trouble.
 
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