Fw: [sword-devel] Circumventing copy protection

Leon Brooks sword-devel@crosswire.org
Tue, 10 Sep 2002 11:33:27 +0800

On Tue, 10 Sep 2002 04:40, Chris Little wrote:
> BibleSoft's
> implementation is particularly onerous and makes the software mostly
> useless for even normal stuff.  It's pretty well impossible for us to
> prevent things like that.  But even with these programs, a dedicated
> individual could manually copy every little portion, and it only takes one
> person to release the book so it can be copied ad infinitum.

Worse than that, a small program could do the copying (activate next verse 
control, activate select all control, active copy control, write copy buffer 
to file, iterate until three empty writes happen). This is easier under 
Windows than X due to a slack security model, but it could probably still be 
done in X by generating keystroke events and intercepting the X responses.

> So since an export is sort of the worst case scenario, and
> it's already easy in most other software, security really shouldn't be
> seen as a problem for us.

A FAQ item is good, but a separate page to refer copyright holders to 
(detailing - with specific examples - how well Sword does and why it is a 
great platform for them to release on) would probably be most helpful.

Cheers; Leon