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copy protection

noun, Computers.
a routine that is included in a program by its publisher to prevent the software from being duplicated except for a single backup copy.
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[kop-ee-pruh-tek-tid] /ˈkɒp i prəˌtɛk tɪd/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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copy protection in Technology

Any technique designed to prevent unauthorised copying of software. Such techniques will only hinder the most incompetant attempts at software theft but often prevent legitimate customers from using products they have paid for in the way they want. Considered silly.
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The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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