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SaaS no silver bullet for piracy

Software-as-a-service (SaaS) has been seen as a potential solution for piracy, but an expert says it is no sure thing.

Software-as-a-service (SaaS) has been seen as a potential solution for piracy, but an expert says it is no silver bullet.

Victor DeMarines, product vice president at V.i. Labs which sells anti-piracy tools to software vendors, said SaaS' reach against piracy only goes as far as the delivery mechanism's ability to replace on-premise software.

SaaS may be suitable for some packaged applications, but more computing and graphics-intensive applications such as design software or product lifecycle management (PLM) applications still need to reside within office premises, said DeMarines via e-mail. Furthermore, SaaS is not immune from identity management and password-sharing occurrences, he added.

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