luxverita has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:
About 10 years ago I bought a cgi/perl chat script called SEaChat for about $275.00. For about 3 years it sat on my web hosting space collecting dust. When I canceled my hosting package I transferred the files to my hard drive. Now, I want to use these files again and I can't. The perl .cgi files are compiled and I can't read them. Apparently, she did this as a 'fail safe' to keep her script from being used by people who didn't pay for it.
Long story short, I tried to reach the script writer via e-mail only to find out about 2-3 years ago she stopped selling it and about 4 years ago she stopped supporting. She says she doesn't even have any of the files anymore!
Now, I'm left with this script that I'd love to use, that I paid for ...and I can't. Is there anyway to get any help with this??? I am a total newb, by the by, so while I've searched for 'deompilers' I don't know what to do with them once I've found them :)