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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    TPBer, 18 Dec 2008 @ 12:17pm

    Crapware

    This stuff is crapware anyway, not worth DL even if it is free. Now the CS4 crack for Mac and PC works just fine especially when you use LittleSnitch to stop it from calling home (Mac only).

    I am now holding my head down in shame for this and I guess I should keep it there for the thousands upon thousands of DLs to include every new movie, popular software titles, and any music I want. ALL THINGS DIGITAL ARE FREE!!!

    ***SHARING IS CARING***

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