A series of Dictionary apps recently took an, um, “innovative” path to fighting software piracy, though it didn’t quite work out as expected. Enfour is the developer of quite a few dictionary-style apps on the store, and it recently implemented an anti-piracy system that hijacked the pirate’s Twitter account, and posted an anti-piracy message with the #softwarepirateconfession hashtag. That’s a cute way to deal with piracy, you might think, except that the measure erroneously attacked quite a few non-pirates, not to mention invaded a user’s public identity via Twitter.
A representative from the company says on Twitter that the attacks on people who hadn’t pirated the apps were the result of a bug, which has since been fixed. But the company is still unapologetic about trying to out pirates — it says that only 25% of its apps in the wild are legitimate copies.
Developers have tried to stop piracy in interesting ways before. Croteam, the makers of Serious Sam, recently added a huge, immortal monster to the games of any users they’d determined to be software pirates. But invading a user’s Twitter feed (especially when there’s a chance of accidentally calling out innocent people) isn’t the right way to do it. The reviews and comments on the American Heritage Fourth Edition app are a good example of what happens when you make a mistake this big.
Dictionary apps try to shame supposed pirates, plan backfires originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Tue, 13 Nov 2012 16:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.