Originally Posted by bdalzell
Given how successful hackers are at copying and breaking software install protection, software authors gain little from not providing the source code at some point in the later in the release cycle of their product.
I snipped the rest of your standard free software movement sermon. Good for you and your personal beliefs and the way you live them.
Unfortunately, the bit I did quote doesn't really work. They gain immensely from NOT providing the source code. Modern re-releases of older games, sometimes even wrapped in emulators. Chinese clones of Android apps that can be reverse engineered. Etc. To release the source code undermines future earnings, and devalues assets.
Of course, this is mostly related to games, which is what I am assuming you mean since you refer to "software install protection".