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Cryptography 2018, 2(2), 10; https://doi.org/10.3390/cryptography2020010

ReSOLV: Applying Cryptocurrency Blockchain Methods to Enable Global Cross-Platform Software License Validation

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Service and Cloud Computing Research Lab, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
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Cybercraft, Auckland 0600, New Zealand
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Received: 26 March 2018 / Revised: 27 April 2018 / Accepted: 15 May 2018 / Published: 31 May 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Cryptographic Algorithms in Blockchain and Their Applications in IoT)
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Abstract

This paper presents a method for a decentralised peer-to-peer software license validation system using cryptocurrency blockchain technology to ameliorate software piracy, and to provide a mechanism for software developers to protect copyrighted works. Protecting software copyright has been an issue since the late 1970s and software license validation has been a primary method employed in an attempt to minimise software piracy and protect software copyright. The method described creates an ecosystem in which the rights and privileges of participants are observed. View Full-Text
Keywords: software protection; privacy; innovation and technology; web services modeling; distributed objects; services software; cryptographic controls; authentication; data encryption software protection; privacy; innovation and technology; web services modeling; distributed objects; services software; cryptographic controls; authentication; data encryption
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Litchfield, A.; Herbert, J. ReSOLV: Applying Cryptocurrency Blockchain Methods to Enable Global Cross-Platform Software License Validation. Cryptography 2018, 2, 10.

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