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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    bjc (profile), 18 Dec 2008 @ 2:51pm

    Re: USB Overdrive X

    USB Overdrive is actually a fantastic little app that lets you assign mouse buttons to do different things in different programs.

    For example Button 5 on my MS Bluetooth mouse opens a link in a new window in Safari and Opera, but changes to the Select tool in Photoshop.

    It works better for assigning mouse functions than MS or Logitech's drivers. This adding value. Thus being worthy of paying for.

    Since they are so cool about registering, I just might pay for my copy now!

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