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.

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    DanC, 20 Dec 2008 @ 12:05pm

    No... the article said it was better than DRM

    Yeah that's what I said, and what you chose to ignore in your first post. There was no criticism aimed at the company for making software pirates feel guilty, and no mention of forcing the company to give away anything, and certainly none of the childish name-calling that you resorted to. It was a compliment to the company that they chose to forego the use of DRM.

    "I have a much better solution, let me tell you how to run your business"

    No, it was an opinion that relies on basic economics for support. Your little rant, however, is nothing more than a straw man, injecting a morality attack where none was presented. Why don't you try refuting what was actually said instead of what you wanted it to say?

    linked to an article with a crap selling music / concert analogy that has no relation to software

    So your assertion is that basic economics doesn't apply to the software industry? The article, which you inappropriately dismissed as only applying to the music industry, discusses the logic of selling the scarce goods attached to the infinite components. Software is a non-scarce good, therefore what is discussed in the linked article is relevant.

    That your summation of the linked article was "crap" without any support means you either glossed over the article without actually reading it, or that you're either unable or unwilling to defend your own position. Given the manner and content of your comment, I'm inclined towards "unable".

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