| ||Ask HN: How do you deal with piracy?|
84 points by ttoinou 188 days ago | hide | past | web | favorite | 121 comments |
|Hi, I'm selling a software and cracks are given in forums on the internet. The thing is, theses users don't come to my product page for getting updates for example, so I think it's a loss for me because I can't reach them and talk to them. I feel like I won't ever be able to convert them to paying customers.|
I'm wondering what I can do about it. Could I add a "I cracked your software, is it wrong ?" in the FAQ and try to not show it if I detect the software is not cracked ?
What if I distribute the pirated version myself ? Wouldn't that look weird to paying customers ?
Should I add an infinitely renewable 15 days trial instead of a limited features trial ?
Do you know of projects that went open source / free software and how they handled it ?
PS : I didn't say Piracy was bad in itself. I spent my childhood pirating stuff and now my livelihood is selling software.. I have faith that some of my pirate users can become my clients one day or another and I would like to take care of this issue myself rather than letting people going to underground forums and download virus.
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