Half-Life 2 - aggressive anti-piracy techniques successful

Valve, who have just released Half-Life 2, validate installations of the game via their on-line Steam service. This is likely to increase user acceptance of more aggressive online checking of software licenses rather than relying on security tricks in the media (CD, DVD) which can cause problems with custom software or drivers, and which prevent legitimate users from backing up their media.

Even more innovative is the fact that software installations bought using stolen credit cards have been retrospectively deactivated.

So this is all good news for the software industry and legitimate licensees.

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