June 19, 2007

How to Stop Software Pirates

Posted in File-Sharing News, Internet, News, People, Softwares at 4:21 pm by anonymous

Just ask them nicely.

A small developer sees his work pirated on the internet, what can he do about it with his tiny resources? Easy. He emails the warez group, turns on the charm and asks them nicely to leave him alone in the future – and they agree!

Organizations such as the MPAA, RIAA and IFPI spend millions of dollars enforcing copyrights by getting people fined and even jailed for file-sharing.

Trey Harrison is a 29 year old, living in Los Angeles with his girlfriend and a couple of cats. He enjoys writing music and creating music videos and has just invested the last 7 years to bring out a PC application called ‘Salvation‘.

“I imagined it as a tool for creating custom video and lighting controls at music venues” says Trey. “My first customer Denne continues to please crowds with his mixes at club Rai in Moscow, and recently the Inside Us All VJ collective began using it to power some awesome multi-projector HD displays in the UK. It’s a rather powerful realtime graphics tool now, and one of my next goals is to make that power accessible within After Effects and Final Cut.”

Then came the inevitable news – ‘Salvation’ had been cracked and made available on the internet by a release group known as BlueBeta3D who actually displayed their email address in the .NFO. So Trey dropped them a line, to see if they could come to some sort of arrangement…..

___________________________________________Subject: Is there any negotiating with pirates?
From: Trey Harrison
Date: Wed, 16 May 2007 20:56:27 -0700
To: BlueBeta3D@hushmail.com

Hi, you guys have recently released a pirated version of my software called
“Salvation”. I’m not very surprised – actually I’m flattered – but I was
wondering if we could arrange a meeting to discuss the possibility of you
not doing this any more?

Trey Harrison


Trey explains, “I was pretty sure I’d never hear from them, so I sent off an email to the company I purchased my anti-piracy protection tool from, as well as an email to the hosting company that is hosting the warezed copy. Who responded first? The pirates.”


Subject: Re: Is there any negotiating with pirates?
Date: Thu, 17 May 2007 17:11:27 +0100
To: “Trey Harrison”

Hi Trey,

We appreciate your comments and understand the role of developers ,
we only released it so many people who may not have access or
privileges could try this and learn. Hopefully its given more
global coverage. Apologies for any grievance it may have caused. We
also noted your comments and will not release this again. Good Luck
and best wishes for future developement.


We contacted BlueBeta3D and they said “Our release are aimed for purely for people who wish to learn and do not have the benefits/or just help to extend an evaluation.” They also made it quite clear that they are against any commercialization of piracy and maybe, just maybe, they’re also men of their word in respect of leaving Trey alone in the future.

Who said you can’t negotiate with pirates?

Source: Torrentfreak (more detailed article)

This shows that there are many methods to solve piracy without the need of strictly enforcing the law onto them. This may happen in a small extent of the world of piracy, nevertheless positive attitude comes great accomplishment.


1 Comment »

  1. jewm0nger said,

    Actually… Um he didnt stop shit
    Released 6 & 1/2 weeks ago. Before this gay ass torrent group stole it. Sorry to dissapoint you all. Read a little bit more.

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