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  1. #1
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    Is Java application forwardable?

    I have a concern on the potential business model of Java Application. Once user download an application OTA, can it be forwarded to another Java enable phone or computer by any means (including Infra Red, Cable, OTA, e-mail attachment etc..)
    Or is there any encoding system that a developer can block the forwarding function?

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    RE: Is Java application forwardable?

    Generally: application copying cannot be prevented.

    Nokia phones J2ME currently do not allow forwarding of Java applications, but phones from other vendors might allow this, and maybe Nokia phones in the future as well. For example, in Siemens' phones the applications can be stored on the multimedia card, which can be physically transfered to another device.

    While the problem field is as old as commercial software industry, there is no straight way to prevention of illegal application copying. Some approaches to this could be:

    *) licensing policies - sue everybody who has been caught doing illegal copies
    *) unlocking codes - software can be used only after entering a specific code, which unlocks the software
    *) software personalisation - personalise the software in such a way that only the legitimate owner of the license wants to use the software

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    RE: Is Java application forwardable?

    Generally: application copying cannot be prevented.

    Nokia phones J2ME currently do not allow forwarding of Java applications, but phones from other vendors might allow this, and maybe Nokia phones in the future as well. For example, in Siemens' phones the applications can be stored on the multimedia card, which can be physically transferred to another device.

    While the problem field is as old as commercial software industry, there is no straight way to prevention of illegal application copying. Some approaches to this could be:

    *) licensing policies - sue everybody who has been caught doing illegal copies
    *) unlocking codes - software can be used only after entering a specific code, which unlocks the software
    *) software personalisation - personalise the software in such a way that only the legitimate owner of the license wants to use the software

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