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Inventor of Activation

Is Ric Richardson the inventor of Activation? Well judge for yourself. Ric's patent US patent 5,490,216 was written and claimed in November 1992 and granted in 1996 at least 3-4 years before copies of Activation protected products from Microsoft started to turn up.

At the time many people thopught it was some kind of magic. "People use to think we has a secret video watching them put unlock codes in" said one of Rics early coworkers Steve Cox.

Have a look for yourself... especially interesting is the patents reference to machine locking of licenses to sepcific devices using the machines hardware configuration.

And just to think that most of todays popular software products use this same principle to protect themselves from uncontorlled copying... to date it has been 15 years and counting.
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