As a software developer it is not a good feeling to see your software floating around on different websites but then again I don't think it is necessary to put too much effort trying to nail down the people who use the pirated copy of your software. I was wondering if there is anyway we can employ some kind of strategy that will actually turn these pirated users into raving fans or paid users?
For example, if you look at Adobe, Microsoft and many other companies, they know that their products are floating around. But since they have a huge market the losses don't seem to bother them as much. However, for some of the little guys, it can mean living in poverty. Then again if you look at developers like Minecraft or SublimeText, they are practically making their products free to use.,,, And at the same time people are willing to pay them for their hard work.
Recently I released a product for free. And lots of people are downloading it and one of the users actually took the time to chip in. Coming from the commercial markets or online marketing world... this is unheard of! But I was surprised to see that someone was willing to pay me even though the product was free to use.
Basically what I am trying to figure out is... exactly when people really think it's worth paying someone for their work?