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Boobytrapping software for filesharing sites
emnmnmeHeard about this on conservative radio:Registered Userregular
Piracy isn't doing the software and videogames industries many favors so I'm often wondering about the ethics of these industries strike back? Sure, you might track IPs and sick some lawyers on the pirates, but I wouldn't feel the least bit bad for pirates if companies went a step further and flooded filesharing sites with rigged versions of their most popular software. I don't think it would discourage pirates in the long run but it might convince a few on the fence to not waste their time on a disguised 3GB Rickroll and instead buy the product legitimately. And I'd imagine it'd make the software devs feel better to dupe pirates.
So how about it? Is it wrong for devs to circulate disguised or virus-laden programs on well-known filesharing sites, hoping pirates will take the bait? Should they drown shady websites with their own manufactured bogus activation codes or would that just be vindictive or pointless? Would doing this and publicly acknowledging it later hurt a company's reputation?