Overhype

by Mike Masnick


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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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    Mike (profile), 18 Dec 2008 @ 11:01am

    Re: Why pay for IP, it should be free to everyone

    Why pay for IP, it should be free to everyone

    Not "should". Should is making a moral statement. We're explaining the economics of why it *will* eventually be free, due to economic forces.

    The post is directed at the producer, not the consumer.

    Even this article slants towards telling everyone it's okay to pirate....

    No, not at all. It's directed entirely at the content creator, not the consumer. I'm sorry if that wasn't clear.

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