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License Protection for skins

Discussion in 'User Experience' started by christopheraz, Aug 17, 2006.

  1. christopheraz

    christopheraz Member

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    Does anyone have any suggestions for protecting/licensing custom-created skins?

    For example, what's the most common way to protect a custom cpanel theme via server IP?

    Kind regards,
    Chris
     
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    I am currently looking into that myself. The best way I know of is probably to encode it with zend or ioncube. This was you can place a licensing script inside without giving them the ability to hack the script so easily. You can either send a call to a script on another server, or perhaps have them paste the license file inside a php file.

    I would like to know the most common way myself. Please let me know if you get any better info on it. I am sure other theme creators may have an idea :D

    I will let ya know what I find out too.
     
  3. christopheraz

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    good idea.

    Ya, I think that's a good idea.... that's the way most skinners do it, I think.... I've seen a lot of them use rsync which makes for a pretty easy installation.

    I also had an idea for making part of the cpanel interface in Flash -- and then embedding some actionscript into the flash which would check for the IP. Of course, this would require that a flash file be compiled for each customer/IP... probably a round-about way of licensing, but I've seen it done before with some other scripts.

    Anyway, thanks for the feedback. Appreciate it! Good luck with your development!

    Chris
     
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    Zend is easily reverse engineered. Believe it or not. Read the zend forums sometime.
     
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