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lyonhaart001 suggested RXP commented

A MS/ASOBO Encryption Installer 'Service' for people selling outside of the MS Store

We need a way to encrypt installations for our planes when selling outside of the MS Store.

What if... MS or Asobo had a 'Encryption Service' where we purchased a Installer for each plane we submit. The encryption would help to deter piracy of that plane when selling outside of the MS Store. This would enable Asobo and MS to make money on planes 'outside' of the MS Store

Example scenario;
* Seller submits a plane for the encryption
* MS/Asobo compile it
* Seller downloads the ZIP and sends it to their stores/vendors they sell through

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N6722C commented

How does encryption prevent the downloaded encrypted plane being distributed by customers ?

My understanding is :
The MS-Store works by encrypting product, that can then only be run (& decrypted) when in the Officail folder, where it is checked to be owned by signed in user, through the MS_Store sold product database.

So, as well as the encryption service, MS would also have to include an ongoing, Verification service ?

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It would prevent the theft and moderation of elements of the package... but as you write, the entire package could still be pirated.

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Kaiii3 commented

you would still need a link between MS Account and the outside store. If you only encrypt the file and it is not linked to a accound, every user could just run it.

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StevenPearce commented

You're asking for something you could just build yourself. A better thing to ask for would be to take advantage of how the store works for outside sales also. i.e. Give customer entitlement and then they can install and update through content manager the same as if they purchased on the store.

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I agree with you, it is an excellent idea in principle, but in practice this would have to be solved first:

Is there any hope for an individual new developer to get accepted as a "partner" for the Marketplace? - MSFS DevSupport (flightsimulator.com)

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