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31 August 2007 @ 11am

Piracy and Development

From ArsTechnica: Infinite Loop: Interview: Wil Shipley of Delicious Monster:

Piracy: who cares if someone steals your application if they were never going to buy it in the first place?

Cabel spoke briefly about piracy at C4[1]. Panic has long blacklisted pirated serial numbers in updates to Audion, Transmit, and the like. But for the first time, they integrated live blacklist checking in Coda, where, instead of an application update to refresh the serials blacklist, Coda pulls a live copy of the list from Panic’s servers. Cabel said that anything above and beyond basic checksumming and blacklisting is too much work to prevent too little piracy, and for users determined not to pay for software, a developer trying to thwart them is competing in a losing game, competing against someone with infinite time and energy to devote to breaking the hurdles placed in front of them.

And hence, Wil’s obvious conclusion: if they steal it, you can’t count it as a lost sale: they probably never had any intention of buying it.