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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    usmcdvldg, 19 Dec 2008 @ 6:24am

    To Twinrova

    CS4 will make gobs of money, businesses and corporations will pay for it. Professionels who deem it neccesary, and consider it a fair price for a fair product will by it, because they need it, and the hassel of trying to crack it or get support isnt worth not having a legit copy. 90 percent of those who steal it would never have bought it regardless.

    If you produce a quality product at a good price, then add value to this product with support, updates, ect, those who would have bought it before it was cracked still will. Those who pirate it will only serve as walking talking commercials and increse YOUR market share.

    Publishers need to stop thinking that they deserve millions for distributing alone.

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