We Speculate About A
After much more head-scratching, we developed a theory that might explain what
happened. Suppose that, early in the production cycle, Intuit produced a few truckloads of products with the same key. The company couldnt just honor the first product to register that key then all the tens, hundreds, or thousands of legitimate users to follow would be denied!
Intuit may have just decided to allow those specific keys unlimited activation. You can imagine why they wouldnt want us to know about this. Anyone could leak these early keys, and let zillions of unauthorized users get free activation. This theory would also explain why our copy of TurboTax appeared to be completely unused and unopened; maybe it really was.
Of course this is just conjecture, and well probably never know what really happened In any event, to complete our testing, we needed a copy of the product with an operational DRM. Intuit sent us one, and we continued our tests.