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.

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    Twinrova, 19 Dec 2008 @ 4:15am

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    "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..."
    First, and foremost, if you believe YOU own it, then you're part of the problem. If I download your software, it's mine. NOT yours. You can argue this all you want, but your statement clearly shows you don't understand your true business, which isn't the product you've created.

    "THANK GOD most civilized people understand this and people that believe as this site tries to preach are in the minority!"
    I'm a software developer/web designer. My works are, and always have been, offered with no cost (money, ads, etc.) to the user. I used to port many of my creations to Winsite to help "publish" my creations.

    Why at no cost? Because I used it as my portfolio for consultant jobs. Winsite was great because it showed the number of downloads and how the software was rated. Back in the day, my consulting jobs were easier to obtain due to my portfolio.

    You should note your business is writing code, not your creation. You SHOULD get paid for your writing, but not through your creations. In essence, you should have someone pay you to write code.

    The problem now (and the reason I left consulting) is that the web makes software easily available. Try to charge for it, and people will simply crack it. But you can't simply post a message stating "I'm willing to write this code. Pay me now, and I'll do it." because that plan simply won't work.

    So how do you get people to pay for your creations online? You don't. Use the internet as a tool, not a business, because it's impossible to make money solely on the web, especially without another source.

    Read the poster who cracked CS4 for further proof. This software hasn't even been out for 3 months yet, and voila... it's now available for "free" to anyone who doesn't want to pay.

    Also, expecting people to pay for software has always been a stupid concept from the beginning, but like every other ignorant "business", profits are more important than consumers.

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