In the 21st century, piracy has shifted from hijacking cargo to illegal copying and distribution of copyrighted material, including software, music and films. The UK has one of the highest rates of copyright piracy in Europe -- 49 percent compared to the European Union average figure of 14.9 percent. The Pace Anti-Piracy company provides copyright protection software to the entertainment and software industries.
Digital Rights Management
Anti-Piracy software is part of a concept called Digital Rights Management. This is the trade term for copyright protection. DRM employs a variety of methods, including keeping a central database of authorised product users. The software is programmed to check back periodically by communicating over the internet to make sure the current user has a valid licence. This check can either confirm just the user or the user on a specific computer.
Audio and video files rely on either an encryption of the file that can be decrypted only by an authorised viewing program, or anti-piracy software. The RipGuard system produced by Rovi Corporation is an example of the encryption route. Pace Anti-piracy uses the software protection method. The company also provides an installer module that installs the anti-piracy software along with the protected application. Few software distributors admit the source of their installer, or the inclusion of anti-piracy software. However, Karma-Lab is one example of a software house that uses the Pace Anti-Piracy installer.
Pace Anti-Piracy is the name of a company rather than a piece of software. The company is based in San Jose, California in the United Sates and was formed in 1985. The business has two main products. These are called iLock and InterLok and are specifically aimed at protecting the copyright of software. These products are produced in versions for Mac OS X and Windows operating systems. The company also produces an installer called Electronic Software Distribution. This enables software producers to distribute the same code with different levels of access. This means applications can be distributed with free trial periods or time-limited licences.
Buyers of protected software using the iLock method are aware of its presence because it is a dongle that has to be inserted into a USB port for the product to work. The InterLok software is not always noticed. This is usually installed secretly when the buyer first uses the protected product. If you remove InterLok, the product it protects will stop working.