[portland] Protecting Intellectual Property In Python Applications
python at dylanreinhardt.com
Thu Jan 21 19:15:35 CET 2010
On Thu, Jan 21, 2010 at 9:15 AM, Rich Shepard <rshepard at appl-ecosys.com>wrote:
> Python is an interpreted scripting language with outstanding mathematical
> libraries and a great UI development tool in wxPython. Unlike complied
> languages such as C the underlying code is visible to everyone who looks at
> it. This is a problem when the application is unique and proprietary.
There are technical approaches to this problem, but I suspect the real
problem is you have the wrong distribution model. If your algo is truly
unique and highly valuable, I would seriously consider a SaaS model. That
way you sell access/usage, not copies of your trade secrets.
SaaS used to be regarded with some suspicion by corporate IT, but the
cost-benefit on that shifted a while ago. It's now likely to be seen as
*less* risky than installing your custom-built desktop app. The fact that
you also get better control is a serious win-win.
For what that's worth...
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