Copy Protection Provider Tries Publicity Stunt To Show It's Safe
from the read-the-fine-print dept
With copy protection systems under constant attack these days, as security researchers are finding new security holes (often dangerous ones) every other day or so, one firm has decided to fight back. Broadband Reports notes that the company Starforce, who makes copy protection for certain video games has issued a challenge to people who say their technology creates problems: they're offering $1,000 (maybe) for showing them how their product breaks things. However, as always, the important details are all in the fine print. While the headline talks about destroying your "PC," the fine print is a lot more specific. In order to win this $1,000, you have to go to their headquarters in Moscow ("at your own expense") with a PC that is still under warranty. You need to show that the PC is fully functional at that time. You then have to install their copy protection software -- after which you need to show that the CD/DVD drive no longer works. Note that this has absolutely nothing to do with mucking up other aspects of your computer. It's just that the drive doesn't work. Then (no, we're not done yet), you have to remove that particular drive from the computer, and put it in another computer that has none of their software on it, and see if the drive still doesn't work. If it still doesn't work, then you'll win the contest -- and get the $1,000, plus get reimbursed for the trip and 2 nights in a hotel. Only the first person wins the award -- but we get the feeling there won't be much competition. If you fail to meet any of these conditions, you agree to have your name placed on their website in the (no kidding) list of losers.