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From Pid <>
Subject Re: Securing Tomcat Applications from Reverse Engineering
Date Thu, 21 Jan 2010 23:21:24 GMT
On 21/01/2010 16:24, Leon Rosenberg wrote:

> 5. stop wasting your time and invest it into developing new features
> and actually selling your product. If its worth copying it will be
> copied this way or other. So far no one has managed to protect its
> software against copying, better concentrate on things you really CAN
> achieve.
> regards
> Leon

I agree with this statement.  Legal issues aside, you can expend 
significant time and effort on protecting your code and a competitor can 
just copy the style, workflow and application logic with probably about 
as much effort as it would take to decompile the byte code, tidy it up & 
get their devs to understand how it works.

In fact, the latter would probably be *more* effort, and you can't use 
technical means to defend against the former.

If you're really paranoid about your code, don't let it out of your 
control, run your app as a hosted service, (as previously suggested).

As Leon says: focus your efforts on making a truly great product and let 
other people worry about keeping up with you.


>> On Thu, Jan 21, 2010 at 5:00 PM, André Warnier<>  wrote:
>>> Peter Crowther wrote:
>>>> 2010/1/21 Kranti™ K K Parisa<>
>>>>> How could we achieve this without the above tool? Because the pricing
>>>>> the
>>>>> above tool is very costly.
>>>>> Well, you could always spend the developer-years to create your own
>>>>> version
>>>> of that tool... which would probably be *more* costly.
>>> I'll add something to that, just for the sake of it.
>>> I personally find this situation ironic : here we have someone who wants to
>>> protect their own code, presumably so that they can charge the customer for
>>> a copy of it, in order to get back their cost of development and some
>>> justified profit for their work.
>>> But the same people are apparently unwilling to pay for a product that
>>> would allow them to do so, and is sold on the same terms.
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