Personally, I believe that DCS is entitled to protect their software from piracy - to me the only question is - how far? Back in the distant past, they went so far as to totally disable TDS-3 itself, if it was determined (by whatever means) that it was a pirated copy of TDS that was involved. I totally agreed with that. Thoughts? Pete (a) DCS isn't entitled to use any means whatsoever to determine whether an incoming request for an update is coming from a pirated copy of any of their software. (b) DCS is entitled to properly validate an update request by any means they see fit (c) DCS should simply disable the ability of pirated copies to update (d) DCS should (if possible) completely disable the program in question and cause it to un-install itself as well - after displaying to the user of said program a message to contact DCS within three working days to clarify the status of their program use (i.e. - whether they're running a registered version of the program).