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Inhibiting the Use of Illegally Copied Programs

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000061412D
Original Publication Date: 1986-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-09

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Authors:
Lorie, RA [+details]

Abstract

A method is described for inhibiting the use of illegally copied programs by requiring the use of an encoded card to enable the execution of a program. The method disclosed comprises the steps of (a) recording a pertinent portion of the program in scrambled format; (b) at run time, testing whether the scrambled portion is being referenced as the next instruction to be executed; and (c) if so, fetching the data and unscrambling it with the information on the encoded card.