iLok Issues Plague Pro Tools
Music piracy has damaged the profits of the music industry more than any common person would know, but these are still little in comparison to the profits that the big name software producers are bleeding out of their arteries. A single album may only cost a person ten dollars at the store, and even less when bought online – but a copy of Pro Tools or Ableton can cost upwards of five hundred dollars per pop. That is some serious cash when you consider just how many people use such software. Because of this, the developers have opted for new ways of trying to protect their software, and it is usually in the form of some licensing process that needs to take place online.
The online gamers already have better ways of working around pirated software as well as incentives to stay clean instead of taking the low route. The problem with the music guys is that the developers have not perfected a system that works, and each developing company tends to use their own way of keeping pirated copies out of hands of the general public. Some who have bought legal versions of their software have had to deal with glitched systems that fail to recognize their legitimacy.