How can I copy protect software on a CD or DVD?

girish August 2, 2010
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How can I make a data CD or DVD (containing software), which is copy protected.

It should be readable on the DVD or CD drive on a computer and executable and installable, but the user should not be able to copy my content to any CD/DVD or even the hard disk.

  1. Josh Fox
    August 3, 2010 at 10:48 pm

    Activelock might be an option as well. It uses a BSD license, so it's completely free and open source, even for commercial use.

    • Aibek
      August 13, 2010 at 9:22 am

      I second Josh, Activelock seems to provide what you need. Haven't tried it myself though.

      http://www.activelocksoftware.com/

      Let us know how it goes.

  2. Saikat Basu
    August 3, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    There are software tools (SecuROM, Lazerlock) that do the job. Unfortunately I haven't been able to find one which is free though there are many free tools that 'remove' copy protection that are freeware :)

    Nero itself has SecurDisc which protects CDs, DVDs and Blu-ray Discs. If you come across a free tool, do let us know. I will keep looking.