04658093 is referenced by 879 patents and cites 10 patents.

Software (programs, videogames, music, movies, etc.) can be authorized for use a given number of times by a base unit after which the base unit (computer, videogame base unit, record player, videorecorder or videodisk player) cannot use that software until the manufacturer sends an authorization for additional uses to the user's base unit. Authorizations may be sent via telephone line, mail, or whatever form of communication is most suited to the application. Authorizations cannot be reused, for example by recording the telephone authorization signal and replaying it to the base unit. Similarly, authorizations can be made base unit specific, so that an authorization for one base unit cannot be transferred to another base unit. This invention also solves the "software piracy problem" and allows telephone sales of software as additional benefits.

Title
Software distribution system
Application Number
6/512685
Publication Number
4658093
Application Date
July 11, 1983
Publication Date
April 14, 1987
Inventor
Martin E Hellman
730 Alvarado Ct., Stanford, 94305
CA, US
Agent
Flehr Hohbach Test Albritton & Herbert
IPC
H04L 9/00
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