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Old 30th May 2009
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Originally Posted by mxeryus View Post
Yes, so who are the suppliers then? Do they use physically stolen software?
Nope, not usually. Some software demos can be converted into full versions by means of a valid license key. Some copy protection schemes are simply reverse engineered without the need for a valid license key or serial number. (Notably the case if the crack consists of a keygen.) And then there's suppliers that properly purchase the product, sometimes fraudulently (say, with a stolen credit card) but often entirely legit. And then pass it on to one of the warez groups to have it cracked.

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