Jump to content

How to manage self-generated forum licenses


CodeAndCoffee
 Share

Go to solution Solved by trq,

Recommended Posts

How do companies such as vBulletin and WoltLab manage licenses given to users for the software they've bought? In other words, how do they know you've actually bought a license for the software and distinguish between "nulled" and "legit" software (that is, forums)? Obviously they do it somehow, otherwise the business model of distributing PHP-based forum software wouldn't bring in any revenue. Does it have to do with PHP, and can you implement a certain check within the software that communicates back to the licenser? 

Edited by CodeAndCoffee
Link to comment
Share on other sites

can you implement a certain check within the software that communicates back to the licenser

PHP is a programming language, you can build whatever you like.

 

Where I used to work our systems used to check-in with our management console hourly. The console was responsible for managing licenses. Many different ways to do this though.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Solution

I guess I should have mentioned that with the system I spoke of above, we also managed all our clients servers as well as part of the system so there is no way for them really to manipulate the code to gain a license.

 

And yeah, you guessed it. Because PHP code is sitting there in plain view there is very little you can do to prevent people from manipulating the code in some way to get around the license. You can try and hide it, but thats about it. You just need to make sure when a breach is detected, you are in a position to go after compensation for it.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

This thread is more than a year old.

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Restore formatting

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

 Share

×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue.