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:
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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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    Xanius, 18 Dec 2008 @ 11:04am

    Re: USB Overdrive X

    I have plenty of USB devices that require me to go to the web to download the drivers, windows just tends to do it on it's own first then ask if MS doesn't have the device in it's repository.

    All devices need drivers, some can use a generic driver like your flash drive, which both Mac and windows have. Other require specific drivers and those aren't always able to be installed automatically.

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