I mentioned in an early post in the thread that there is a 'potential' way to "have your cake and eat it too" with regards to being able to alter/edit a purchased skin.
The methodology would/could be...
All Master skins are encrypted so as to totally 'prevent' unauthorised use [piracy].
People purchase the skins as usual...and those skins can only function on a legitimate [and I guess - NEW] Windowblinds program. In that way the Master skin's use is protected by the proggy required to run it.
Now, all that will create issues for those [smaller group] of people who want to alter them for their own peculiar taste [typically skinners themselves - as that's what they are doing]. The solution for them is to contact the skin author...after purchase...and with their 'receipt' request an editable version for direct download [eg. via email].
If at the same time the Master skinner wishes to aid in his IP protection he/she can 'encode' an identity with that editable skin so that 'if' it [the Master skin] escapes into the wild it's source can be traced.
It's a lot of work....and much of it is the responsibility of the Master him/herself but then it is his/her property that is to be protected so they can determine if it is 'worth it' or not themselves...as it's theirs to control.
Meanwhile...many, maybe most Users/Customers are not affected in the slightest.
Now, all of this is simply 'ideas'. Whether or not it is do-able is up to Stardock and Neil, not me.
Is this a direction skinning [in general] could take?
Is it a direction Commercial skinning SHOULD take?