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.

Filed Under: guilty, piracy, shame, software


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    Anonymous Coward, 18 Dec 2008 @ 12:03pm

    Re: Re:

    How about you get fired if you miss a code error more than once? Why am I required to pay too much for something you make once and then copy endlessly. Your one original is riddled with errors and you think it is OK/acceptable? At least I can install as an example a free operating system with errors and not feel like they owe me my soul back for letting them bend me over and have their way.

    History is full of examples where makers of quality become rich beyond their dreams. Unfortunately quality is the first thing to go out the window these days. And my support for your products with it.

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