What you are describing is a technology called "Chip on Board". It is where a silicon chip in its raw form is glued to the PCB. The chip is then "bonded out" with very small wires to the PCB traces on the board. It is a very low cost method of implementing integrated circuit to PCB assemblys. It is used in very high volume applications where they want to keep the cost down. Nowadays they use an epoxy blob to cover the chip and the bond out wires.
It is not a copy protection thing and it is very delicate.
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