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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    MmmMmmCracks, 18 Dec 2008 @ 11:15am

    This looks like the user is trying to register the cracked product which gives them access to support. Most people who use cracked software do NOT register the product. As a matter of fact, one would usually block the program with a firewall from phoning home at all.

    These guys do seem awfully nice though to offer support to people with pirated copies though. I know I'm not alone in this, but things I pirate I would have never purchased in the first place--so the company isn't losing any money.

    I subscribe to every cable channel but still grab a pirated blockbuster now and again since I stopped going to theaters long ago. But when it hits DVD I'll buy it. Piracy also helps with some games. I actually purchased a copy of Bioshock which was riddled with DRM and 3rd party software that messed with my system and also did not allow me to uninstall it. It also ran like garbage with constant checks to make sure the disc was in my drive. I succumbed to piracy and grabbed the cracked version which ran flawlessly. Piracy has its good and bad sides.

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