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ReSOLV: Applying Cryptocurrency Blockchain Methods to Enable Global Cross-platform Software License Validation

Version 1 : Received: 26 March 2018 / Approved: 26 March 2018 / Online: 26 March 2018 (13:18:20 CEST)

How to cite: Litchfield, A.; Herbert, J. ReSOLV: Applying Cryptocurrency Blockchain Methods to Enable Global Cross-platform Software License Validation. Preprints 2018, 2018030217 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201803.0217.v1). Litchfield, A.; Herbert, J. ReSOLV: Applying Cryptocurrency Blockchain Methods to Enable Global Cross-platform Software License Validation. Preprints 2018, 2018030217 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201803.0217.v1).

Abstract

This paper presents a method for a decentralised peer-to-peer software license validation system using cryptocurrency blockchain technology to ameliorate software piracy, and to provide a mechanism for software developers to protect copyrighted works. Protecting software copyright has been an issue since the late 1970's and software license validation has been a primary method employed in an attempt to minimise software piracy and protect software copyright. The method described creates an ecosystem in which the rights and privileges of participants are observed.

Subject Areas

Software protection, Privacy, Innovation and Technology, Web Services Modeling, Distributed Objects, Services Software, Cryptographic Controls, Authentication, Data Encryption

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