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  • Piracy Detected. Your Cracked App is Now a Demo.
    The war between iPhone developers and app crackers continues . . .



    Ben Chatelain the developer behind the App Store app Full Screen Web Browser has taken steps to prevent piracy of his app. Just days after the initial app release on the App Store Ben received notification via a Google Alert that his app had been pirated and the cracked copy was being distributed by Appulo.

    Frustrated by the events Ben went on a mission to stop cracking of Full Screen Web Browser (App Store link). He checked out informative posts about making an iPhone app crash if cracked but was hesitant to enable the measures because he didn't want the application to crash for legitimate users or crash during the App Store review process and subsequently face rejection from the App Store.

    After some thought Ben came up with the solution that he is utilizing now. The application looks to see if it has been cracked and sends pings to a server with a device identifier (UDID) so that illegal usage can be tracked. If the app has been cracked the server controls a demo period with ten runs after which the the application shows a message allowing you the option to quite or buy complete with a guilt trip "Purchasing a legal copy helps support independent software development and will help me feed my 1-year old baby."

    With App Store application cracking running rampant and many developers up in arms over the issue we will be sure to see more and more measures like this taken in the future.

    edit: In case I didn't make it painfully obvious this allows you to try (the cracked app) before you buy. Apple needs to get on it and implement a demo system in its App Store already.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Piracy Detected. Your Cracked App is Now a Demo. started by Cody Overcash View original post
    Comments 64 Comments
    1. se23's Avatar
      se23 -
      hey A.T, where do I go to get a refund for netshare?
    1. greenstretracer's Avatar
      greenstretracer -
      Quote Originally Posted by confucious View Post
      There are hundreds of different ideas which have been tried and some work better than others - there is no 'one size fits all'.

      If there was everyone would use it!
      I was just making the point that less finger pointing and more creative thinking will do us all alot better.
    1. n00neimp0rtant's Avatar
      n00neimp0rtant -
      Quote Originally Posted by A.T View Post
      You do know that if you don't like the app, you can get a refund!
      I think you're mistaken...
    1. wgm214's Avatar
      wgm214 -
      honestly irealsms beats mysms in every way, and that dev shouldn't be trusted. I hope nobody in the future buys mysms. thats really just not acceptable either way.
    1. boe_dye's Avatar
      boe_dye -
      Quote Originally Posted by SERBIAN View Post
      I'm a small shareware developer myself /not for iPhone/ and, of course, Im against pirating...But that dev of MySMS, if he really did what you said, crossed the line and should be put on trial and bashed forever from developer and every other community.. There was a similar attempt few years back on Mac platform by one dev and his small shareware...Basicly he put the malicious code within the app which have been used to delete Home folder if entered serial was pirated...He was bashed all over net and also few people took a lawsuit on him /people who put the wrong SN by mistake and lost their Home folder and valuable data/... NOBODY has the right to f**k up with other people hardware and data.. Thats not the fight against pirate's, thats the crime much bigger than pirating... IMHO...

      As for cracking apps in general..I really dont see the point of cracking the 1$ app, even though Im coming from, lets say, not that rich country... On the other hand, I really dont see the point to price the software few thousand $ .. I mean its not the cure for cancer or eternal energy source for God sake .. Yes, with lot of apps people makes money..True..But so what? Is that a reason to sell that for 2.000$ with paid upgrades, patches and whole lot other bulls**t? I don't think so..Those overpriced goodies /apps, houses, branded "high fashion" clothes etc./ brought us where we are now - in deep s**t called recession ..
      Unfortunately for mysms, he could go to jail and be more guilty then a cracker for vandalizing so many phones.

      Look at all the companies that have tried that before in the past...

      Sony was the last one that tried something silly like that, and they got into alot of trouble. Cracking and defeating crackers is a cat and mouse game, it always has been, and it always will be.

      It's like running a DoS Attack on TPB or Appu or whatever site you don't like because they are hosting things that you think they shouldn't.
    1. mod_monkey's Avatar
      mod_monkey -
      ********** will get updated.
      it's just matter of endurance who will keep updating their work around
    1. BenzoHartt's Avatar
      BenzoHartt -
      Good Move!!! in my opinion.

      I can't say that i blame the guy, its his app and he wants to be compensated, theres nothing wrong about that. [How much is it anyway? Is it any good? Has someone done a review?]

      People who are downloading cracked apps at the .99 and 1.99 level are at bubble gum stealing level. Its like what's the point, everyone has a dollar. :-(
    1. dondo44's Avatar
      dondo44 -
      now the pirates are been pirated
    1. BenzoHartt's Avatar
      BenzoHartt -
      Quote Originally Posted by dondo44 View Post
      now the pirates are been pirated
      AAAAAARGGGGGGG!!!!!
    1. OneRing2Rule's Avatar
      OneRing2Rule -
      That's just perfect! +1 for the devs! :-)
    1. Avid's Avatar
      Avid -
      If he's worried about feeding his 1 year old child, maybe he should find a stable job somewhere.

      Nothing like exploiting your child. And no, I don't support stealing his stuff. I just don't like people like that
    1. MnVikingsFan26's Avatar
      MnVikingsFan26 -
      Quote Originally Posted by confucious View Post
      If you are rich why not pay for it? I don't understand.
      He meant he needed the app I am Rich. It was the pointless one being sold for $1000 until apple pulled it off the app store. You can still probably get it on Cydia.



      Honestly, stealing apps is lame. If you are pissed at the dev, think about what you would do if someone was stealing something from you. Would you just let them do it or would you stop them and try to get some money out of it? Good for this Dev, sticking it to all you a** holes stealing his work.
    1. ajl917's Avatar
      ajl917 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Avid View Post
      If he's worried about feeding his 1 year old child, maybe he should find a stable job somewhere.

      Nothing like exploiting your child. And no, I don't support stealing his stuff. I just don't like people like that
      Agreed. I support devs in all of their ideas and creations, but using your child as a way to get donations in not needed. If a person wants to buy an app, they will regardless of your family situation...
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      Quote Originally Posted by ajl917 View Post
      Agreed. I support devs in all of their ideas and creations, but using your child as a way to get donations in not needed. If a person wants to buy an app, they will regardless of your family situation...
      Disagree. While using his son as an example is a bit extreme, he's trying to say that if there was no pirating of his app aka he could get all the income possible from his work, it would be a stable job.

      There's plenty of stories of freelance devs that have quit their day jobs to develop exclusively for the iPhone. It's proven to be a money maker if you have time and creativity. Pirating is a big thorn on that and hurt people such as the dev in question from trying to make a living from it.
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      I have never run a cracked app, but I cannot push them to the wayside. I would rather run a trial version before buying an app (and yes, I buy many many apps), but a lot of the ones I am interested in are expensive and there are no trial periods.
    1. Bluprint's Avatar
      Bluprint -
      I cracked like 20 apps most of them no less than 5.99 each and i feel glad I didn't waste my money unlike my family members who now regret buying apps like simcity, jaadu, and crap like that, it's not worth it. And by the way I deleted like 18 cracked apps after installation because of how useless and boring they were.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Quote Originally Posted by Bluprint View Post
      I cracked like 20 apps most of them no less than 5.99 each and i feel glad I didn't waste my money unlike my family members who now regret buying apps like simcity, jaadu, and crap like that, it's not worth it. And by the way I deleted like 18 cracked apps after installation because of how useless and boring they were.
      So presumably you have now paid for the remaining 2 apps?
    1. Mista Brothason's Avatar
      Mista Brothason -
      Isn't this fake?
    1. Naughty_Ottsel's Avatar
      Naughty_Ottsel -
      I think it's a great step, if you go onto any developer forums, crackers are the biggest problem, I am not saying I am clean of pirating, in fact I get a bit of music from time to time but I will spend the money more often than not. I am also a developer, at the age of 15, and whilst my app; iGuess, is not the best thing that's ever hit the app store and there is a 9 year old Chinese girl that's done better than myself, I am still so proud that I have got so far and can use the extra funds to help save for a new Macbook to help with my studies in Sixth Form (UK student) as well as resources to improve iGuess and create new, better apps.

      I can understand the idea of try before you buy concept but to be honest not many people actually practice what they preach, those are the people that annoy me the most.
    1. soulthoughts's Avatar
      soulthoughts -
      I think someone touched on this just a bit but doesn't it bother anyone that an app is sending data unbeknownst to the user? Don't get me wrong, I support the developer trying to get paid for his work but something about sending data behind the scenes bothers me.