Solving a Global Piracy Problem
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This thesis presents a novel method to design a global cross-platform Software License Validation system, using cryptocurrency blockchain technology to ameliorate software piracy and provide controls for software creators to protect their copyright. Protecting software copyright has been an issue since the introduction of desktop computers in the late 1970s and Software License Validation has been a primary method employed in an attempt to minimise software piracy. More recently, the software piracy problem has expanded to include mobile platforms, presenting a distinct challenge for software creators to retain copyright. The objective of this research is to design a system that demonstrates software piracy prevention and provenance of software applications through cryptocurrency blockchain technologies.