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Overhype

by Mike Masnick


Filed Under:
guilty, piracy, shame, software



Can You Guilt Someone Into Not Pirating Software?

from the probably-worth-a-shot dept

A bunch of folks have been submitting this story about USB Overdrive X's response to anyone who uses a pirated key to use their software. Basically, the company allows you to go ahead, but tells you (in a very human voice) that it knows it's a pirated code, and you should be ashamed of yourself:
usb-overdrive-x
It's definitely a much better strategy than annoying plenty of users (even legit ones) or threatening to sue or anything. And, I have no doubt that it's probably even effective on the margins among a few folks who appreciate being treated at least somewhat as a human, rather than a criminal. But, the company is still going to face this issue long term, and it seems like a better solution is to figure out business models that don't view such sharing as piracy, but a way to further extend a business.

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    Killer_Tofu (profile), 18 Dec 2008 @ 10:31am

    Re: HAHAHA! :D :D :D

    I'm wondering why companies can verify the hacked code don't just instantly disable the software? A legitimate user shouldn't have any problems as it's DRM free.

    That is the kind of reasoning that the big execs generally like to use. Except its wrong. There are always innocents caught in the crossfire. At least with this method, the legit users who get caught in the crossfire are still able to use their software. I commend this company for not taking a more short-sighted approach like many people in similar industries tend to. It will also save them time supporting people over the phone who did buy the software, but their systems mistake it for pirated.

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