Over the last few weeks I've come across mentions of Macrovision initiating (or threatening to) law suits. One of these targets, is a friend of mine - Sinan Karaca, the founder of InstallAware Corporation. I've been a supporter of InstallAware for over a year now, and have personally contributed a couple of plugins. I ended up choosing it over InstallShield, InstallAnywhere, Inno Setup and many others, simply because it allowed fexibility with the Microsoft MSI system whereas none of the others did (where they supported MSI).  Now Macrovision, the current owners of InstallShield (and now InstallAnywhere), are citing that the current InstallAware site is a rip off (down to the actual HTML and JavaScript) of the old ZeroG website (the previous owners of InstallAnywhere), and that customers (potential?) might get confused. For one thing, I don't see how people can get confused.  For one thing, the last time I looked at InstallAware it did not support Mac environments (as well as others) etc - something which is supposedly a key point with InstallAnywhere. The InstallAware team have even gone as far as asking for their customers response; see for yourself here: http://www.installaware.com/installaware-are-you-confused.asp. Today, I have also discovered that Macrovision filed suit against two other companies back in June last year - Sima and Interburn. This time it was with regards to DVD copy protection circumvention. What's going on? Surely Macrovision should be improving its products, not attempting to sue competitors? If flaws have been highlighted with their products (such as their copy protection schemes), surely they should improve them? It certainly makes me think in this Digital world; it seems everywhere we turn, we are breaking some law or other; does switching on those 'Disable Macrovision', or 'Region Free' functions on my DVD players mean I'm breaking a law? Probably. But if so, why are they there? Why are manufacturers providing their customers with the ability to switch off Copy Protection. Why does Macrovision's technical design of their copy protection ALLOW it to be disabled? (For those that don't know, a lot of Macrovision protection is implemented in a firmware solution - a video processor that adds a series of pulses to confuse most recording systems that feature gain correct circutry. A lot more info is available on the net, so I'm not going into specifics.).  Maybe Macrovision should stop buying up different technology companies, and start concentrating on its core business assets.  After all, who is going to want to use copy protection solutions from a company that doesn't fix its own bugs? Who would want to release their application to the wild using a product such as InstallShield, or InstallAnywhere, knowing their slack attitude? Can we be sure it’s bug free? Can we be sure it’s not going allow customers to switch off OUR DRM?  References: http://www.blogmaverick.com/entry/1234000957046914/ http://newsroom.eworldwire.com/view_release.php?id=13685 http://www.installaware.com/Letter_From_Macrovision.pdf