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Vienna Symphonic Library Changes Copy Protection to iLok



You can either use a USB dongle or a connect to the cloud

We (and VSL) first announced the transition a year ago, but the change is now complete. You have a choice of using a PACE iLok USB dongle or connecting to cloud auths. More on that here.

For the benefit of both of you who aren’t familiar with who VSL is, they’ve been one of the premier sample developers for almost two decades. Before their Orchestral Cube sampled orchestra – meaning sampled individual instruments and sections, not orchestra hits! – a sample library would be something like Tom Tom Hits with the Left Hand Using Sticks Made Out of Ash.

Okay maybe that’s an exaggeration, but VSL is one of the companies that have been pushing the proverbial envelope all along. The story about their copy protection transition was actually quite a thing when it first came out, and of course the Internet was full of the usual debates about copy protection – as it may well be again.

Here’s their release:

The Vienna Symphonic Library is excited to announce their transition from the eLicenser platform to PACE’s iLok License Management system. Starting today, all of the company’s library and software products can only be authorized through iLok. Customers have the option to choose between activating their registered products on the iLok Key or in the iLok Cloud without a physical USB key. [They’re offering a sale through their website.]

To help customers with the conversion of their licenses and products to iLok, Vienna’s software developers have created the Vienna Assistant, a software tool that makes downloading and installing products easy and convenient.

To prevent congestion, Vienna Symphonic Library is managing the conversion of its users’ licenses to iLok in stages, like boarding a plane in groups. Priority will be given to users who purchase now or have purchased recently.

eLicenser authorized software and library products will keep on working on existing systems. Existing Vienna Protection Plans that cover eLicensers will continue to be active for the rest of their term. Customers can use their eLicenser licenses as long as they like, and as long as the eLicenser Control Center and the latest available eLicenser compatible VSL software and libraries are running under their computers’ operating systems.

Once Steinberg’s eLicenser License Server shuts down, license downloads to and license transfers between ViennaKeys/USB eLicensers will no longer be possible. But even after the eLicenser License Server has gone, users will be able to use Vienna’s eLicenser authorized products on their computers, with their USB eLicenser plugged in.

However, it is not possible to use both the eLicenser and the iLok version of a software application (e.g., Vienna Synchron Player) on the same computer. Therefore Vienna Symphonic Library recommends to convert all registered Vienna products to iLok as soon as possible.

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