Talk:Product key

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Remember, some people will go bathroom and express their peeees who may have accidentally violated the Steam Subscriber Agreement or who really want to play the game but only have 56k (or those who want to have revenge after having their account disabled), will have to resort to downloading pirated copies using BitTorrent and playing on cracked servers instead. There are some sites on the internet that express their hatred to Steam because of all the problems they encountered like waiting for an extremely long time. Most of them had their blood pressure rising so fast until they ended up swearing. -- 08:52, 2 January 2006 (UTC)

Legal issues[edit]

I would be more intrested in laws regarding CD keys. What makes it illegal to publish them on the internet, copyright law? Or is it just the software EULA that says you cannot share CD keys?

IMO (IANAL) CD keys are not covered by anything. It's not an infringment to copy them, however, it is very difficult to come up with a reason to copy these keys that doesn't lead directly to copyright infringment of the software the key is for. So it would be reasonable to consider distribution of these keys to be "aiding and abetting infringment" or an "intent to infringe". 09:38, 4 March 2007 (UTC)
It would also probably fall under the DMCA's anti-circumvention rules. 17:05, 17 May 2007 (UTC)


This article lacks a section on the advantage of a CD key: Anti-hack. - 03:52, 13 May 2007 (UTC)

That sentence is utterly devoid of logic and coherence. What on earth were you trying to say? -- (talk) 16:03, 6 May 2011 (UTC)
A CD key is less safe than a password. The typical CD Key follows mathematical rules (making a Keygen possible), it's length is known and it doesn't make a difference between capitals and small letters. It is not random like a password could be. Even passwords can be hacked. So why should CD keys be "Anti-hack"?--TeakHoken213.150.228.38 (talk) 12:39, 5 July 2011 (UTC)


The last paragraphs mention (incorrectly) banning World of Warcraft players for cracking. This isn't the case at all - they were incorrectly banned due to macroing/hacking. There's a big difference. 19:51, 17 October 2007 (UTC)

Requested move[edit]

The following discussion is an archived discussion of the proposal. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section on the talk page. No further edits should be made to this section.

CD keyProduct key — The name "CD" is associated with products distributed via CD. "Product key" is a more generic and appropriate name in an age where DVD and Internet distributions are widespread. —Voidvector 01:17, 30 August 2007 (UTC)


Feel free to state your position on the renaming proposal by beginning a new line in this section with *'''Support''' or *'''Oppose''', then sign your comment with ~~~~. Since polling is not a substitute for discussion, please explain your reasons, taking into account Wikipedia's naming conventions.
  • Support Ulla 07:55, 4 September 2007 (UTC)
  • Support per nom. Chris Cunningham 08:40, 4 September 2007 (UTC)
  • Support, per nom, though Ewlyahoocom's suggestion below is not bad either. - Cyrus XIII 14:47, 4 September 2007 (UTC)


Any additional comments:

How about something like software activation key? Ewlyahoocom 03:56, 30 August 2007 (UTC)

I am thinking that could be confused with product activation. Products often have CD key while doesn't required activation. --Voidvector 02:27, 5 September 2007 (UTC)
Yeah, product activation should probably be moved to something like software license validation or something like that. After all, "Product Activation" is just Microsoft marketing-speak, isn't it? They even use it as a proper noun e.g. see Ewlyahoocom 06:05, 5 September 2007 (UTC)
The above discussion is preserved as an archive of the proposal. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section on this talk page. No further edits should be made to this section.

This article has been renamed from CD key to Product key as the result of a move request. --Stemonitis 07:56, 5 September 2007 (UTC)