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.

Filed Under: guilty, piracy, shame, software


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    gimpydwarf, 18 Dec 2008 @ 11:11am

    Pay? Of course!

    Hey this is Mac software. If you own a Mac, you should have the money to pay these guys.Having to pay extra for drivers that should come with the OS is normal for Mac computers. It cost allot of money to get into the "Walled Garden" of Appleland. So be nice, and pay up.

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