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:
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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    Michial, 18 Dec 2008 @ 12:17pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    If the first person to BUY a piece of IP was to ever pay anything close to the cost to produce that IP then you might have a remote arguement for making IP free to all...

    If I invest 10k hours into producing a program that I then sell for $1000 per copy each buyer benefits by not having to pay me for the full 10k hours worked. Just because the first person bought the IP doesn't mean that I have earned a return on my investment.

    I own anything I CREATE I don't care if it's a chair or a computer program, not one other person has a right to anything I create without compensating me for my work. ONLY I make the choice of giving my work away for free...

    THANK GOD most civilized people understand this and people that believe as this site tries to preach are in the minority!

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