Overhype

by Mike Masnick


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guilty, piracy, shame, software



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.

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    usmcdvldg, 18 Dec 2008 @ 2:57pm

    The plain fact

    When it comes to individuals for personel use and software, the vast majority of people who pirate it wouldn't buy it anyway, so calm down.

    Except for the technically inclined, were still at the state were if a consumer wants somthing, its not worth the trouble stealing it and working to try and make it work than just buying it.

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