The world renowned eTesting Labs has successfully validated a long list of copy protection features in BitArts' flagship copy protection and digital rights management product, Titanium, after an intensive test period.
BitArts has created a technology which provides unprecedented levels of digital rights management and protection of software applications against cracking, giving a vastly increased level of protection compared to traditional PKI solutions. The company's Titanium product allows developers to integrate copy protection directly into existing 32bit Windows applications as well as set and enforce an evaluation period for applications prior to purchase through a function called "Secure Evaluation Mode". The Titanium product provides copy protection for applications using desktop and network oriented copy protection strategies.
eTesting Labs Inc., a Ziff Davis Media company, is the industry's leading test and evaluation company for Internet and technology products. eTesting Labs spent three days attempting to break BitArts copy protection mechanisms and overcome the evaluation period and licence protection on a test application protected by BitArts' Titanium product.
According to John Safa, chief technology officer and founder of BitArts: "eTesting Labs is recognised as one of the foremost testing and validation facilities for software. While no software protection mechanism is ever mathematically uncrackable, the results of the eTesting Labs evaluation of Titanium is a strong endorsement of our technology and approach to the vital issue of copyright protection and digital rights management."
A comprehensive series of tests were performed on Titanium by eTesting Labs to validate its copy protection schemes.
Summary of Test Results
The validation process included tests on:
* Desktop copy protection feature which focused on validating the Titanium desktop based copy protection.
* Network copy protection feature which focused on validating the Titanium network based copy protection.
* Desktop copy protection feature expiration bypass which focused on validating the Titanium time-based "evaluation license" desktop copy protection or attempting to break a standard "30 day trial" evaluation period.
* Desktop copy protection feature usage bypass focused on validation of the Titanium protection scheme on a test application which had been specified for a fixed number of uses - as opposed to a clock/time based evaluation period.
* Executable modification which focused on attempting to modify the executable directly.
* File dependency which focused on testing whether the application used a DLL (Dynamic Link Library) to store copy protection or registration information.
* The use of low level debuggers which focused on validating whether examining function calls or setting breakpoints could determine the nature of the protection mechanism. The evaluation application failed to run when using any low level debuggers.
In all of these test cases, eTesting Labs were unable to break BitArts copy protection mechanisms.
According to eTesting Labs report, "Titanium provided a high level of copy protection to our evaluation application in both the desktop and networked copy protected environments." The full report is available at: http://www.etestinglabs.com/main/reports/bitarts.asp
BitArts is a software development company that is focused primarily on the development of protection, security and encryption software providing solutions for the secure delivery of software applications and digital content, digital rights management and license management over the Internet. BitArts' suite of products incorporate the functionality for the successful management and distribution over the Internet of secure and protected software and digital content, copyright and licensing protection as well as the collection of royalties from such content.
The company was founded in 1998 by Chief Technology Officer, John Safa and now boasts an impressive management line-up which includes Danny Chapchal as CEO and Dr Cheryl Shavers, former US Undersecretary of Commerce for Technology in the Clinton Administration, as Chairperson. BitArts is headquartered in Nottingham, UK, with customers in more than 65 countries. BitArts has patents pending on ten core technologies, the basis of the company's unique digital security offering. For more information visit: http://www.bit-arts.com
About eTesting Labs
eTesting Labs Inc., a Ziff Davis Media company, leads the industry in Internet and technology testing. In June 2000, ZD Labs changed its name to eTesting Labs to better reflect the breadth of its testing services. Building on Ziff Davis Media's history of leadership in product reviews and benchmark development, eTesting Labs brings independent testing, research, development, and analysis directly to publications, Web sites, vendors, and IT organizations everywhere. Further information can be found at http://www.etestinglabs.com
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