Reply 640 of 671, by RetroGamer4Ever
1. RC is required for the DRM/encryption. Older Roland VSTs used online verification, so it's nothing new. The old ones have been stripped and turned into plain ole VSTi libraries that are portable and apparently some have also stripped the new one you are using, though I haven't seen that for myself.
2. Yes, you have to get the Lifetime Key or monthly membership, whichever you prefer. The LK is just worth it, IMO.
I dug as far as I could into shopvst and found it to be as illegitimate as they come. The company does business through offshore entities and is shielded through foreign registries that provide anonymity.