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I was tasked with writing software for my company. As I am now writing a third program (with many more coming), what's the best way to control the distribution/usage of our software?

The software I'm writing should only be used on our network and shouldn't run elsewhere. We are a small company and don't have the infrastructure set up to see files that have been copied.

Is serial keys the answer? That seems like it would be a pain for the other employees who use the software. Or is there a better, more secure way?

I'm interested to know what ways I can mitigate/prevent usage of our software outside of our company network.

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    Set up some secured resource on the internal network that the software has to validate against. If the resource doesn't exist, the software doesn't run. – Robert Harvey May 3 at 17:42
  • There are several licensing server products available on the market. The costs of such a product is typically lower than the costs of the required server machine, or the costs of the additional working time you would have to invest without such a product. However, even if the software is used currently within the network, expect offline usage as a future requirement. – Doc Brown May 3 at 18:08
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    Why is the prospect of employees distributing it such a significant threat? Is there a big padlock on the supply closet? – whatsisname May 3 at 18:57

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