App Store blocking illegal software?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Doc69, Jan 9, 2011.

  1. Doc69 macrumors 6502

    Dec 21, 2005
    Just out of curiosity, now that the App Store is looking through and matching up your already installed software, what about people who have installed illegal versions or shared their serial numbers on more than one computer? Is it possible that the App Store will look at the serial numbers and block such software? It certainly sounds possible. Big brother warning here?
  2. BornToMac macrumors 6502a


    Jan 28, 2008
    I was wondering the same thing. So far it has not, but it could definitely be possible. I had a legal copy of a web RSS reader that was removed from my dock and replaced with a "?".
  3. Mal macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2002
    No. The App Store doesn't know or care what serial number you used for any product, because it's not giving you any functionality based on something being installed. All it's doing is being helpful and saying, "Wait a second, you already have this, you probably don't want to buy it here."

  4. Squadleader macrumors regular

    Jun 16, 2010
    Avalon Hill
    You are worried big brother will find your illegal software...?? That is funny right there !!! :D:D
  5. mark28 macrumors 68000

    Jan 29, 2010
    Apple can't. If they do, they can be sued for 3452534534543 billion of dollars. It's illegal to spy on people their computers. So good luck for Apple to do that :p
  6. roadbloc macrumors G3


    Aug 24, 2009
    Unlikely. Why waste time implementing something that doesn't make them money and could go so easily wrong. A legit copy could be easily mistaken for an illegal copy. Why would Apple even want to go there?

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