It seems very few people have actually reade the article and are too busy have a moan about a copy protection system.
Lets get back to basics here: the software was purchased from VA, he deccided he did not want to use the unlock code system, so asked for a refund, VA said Ok, return the CD and remove the copy off the computer and confirm in writing you have done so. All reasonable. Since he no longer wanted the software. VA credited his Credit Card while awaiting return of the goods.
He then changed his mine and wanted it again. Since he had failed to return the CD which was the property of VA not Mr Torren's anymore. He was Recharged after being repeated asked to return the CD he had said he no longer wanted.
Then asked for a pirate copy to get round the security.
People seem to forget they don't OWN the software they get a LICENSE to use the software subject to the conditions of use of the software.
To be honest if Richard still has a copy on his Computer and has returned the CD he has an illegal copy of the software. Full Stop.
To all the comments about we don't need copy protection, I will say two things, one I would before we did not need it, but clearly we do, becuase there *are* pirates in the RISC OS scene.