Quite what would be the point in having a key if copies could be made and liberally distributed around the planet?! How many copies of the front door key to your house have you made and given to total strangers?So you thought you'd give a copy of your Mistral Access Code to a friend. They'll probably make more copies and give them to their friends too.
Did you give your friend, along with a few strangers, a copy of your Credit Card numbers, your front door key and cars keys at the same time?! Do you give copies of all your keys to strangers?
Program Access Key Code
Mistral computer programs are property. The intellectual property of Mistral Associates, which was originally developed and which is constantly maintained at a cost of many millions of Pounds.
The right to gain access to use and benefit from Mistral's intellectual property is therefore chargeable. If you did not pay for that right of access then someone else did pay for it - on your behalf!
A fundamental and simple reason why access to intellectual property can only be gained through application of a key. No different to the key that permits you, or your family and those you choose, to be the ONLY people permitted to enter your home or to drive your car.
A second reason of course is that people who own proprietary information in computer code and databases contained within the programs and of which there are literally hundreds of thousands of pieces of such information, naturally wish to control who has access to that information. Uncontrolled distribution of intellectual property means that ultimately information ends up becoming available to those that might wish harm to the rightful owners. Your competitors for example and thus jeopardising your own employment!
Metal keys can often be easily copied of course. Copies can be 'cut'. Modern car keys often contain chips rendering illegal copies made of them useless. Mistral program access keys can also be easily copied and passed to someone else, however those copies won't work!
It would be illegal to make a copy of a key and pass it to someone else (who probably makes even more copies) with the sole purpose of providing entry or use of something to which the holder of the copy has no legal right. It is exactly the same with Mistral program access keys and even though highly sophisticated IT tools have been employed to identify illegally made program access keys, even who made them and who they were passed to, the fact that those copies won't work makes no difference. To defraud using illegally made copies is attempted theft and as usual in cases of theft, it is illegal.
Still in any doubt about this? Then please read the Computer Misuse Act_1990.html to find out more. And yes, Mistral does prosecute offenders and yes, Mistral ALWAYS succeeds in gaining a conviction!