shame is not the same as value

A radical approach to piracy involves catching an offender and shaming them to their social network. Wouldn’t it make sense to create something of value in stead? 

…Now, a smartphone app is teaching digital bootleggers a lesson with a high-tech version of a public shaming.

The Android.Walkinwat purports to be a free version of another “Walk and Text” app, which costs $1.54 in the Android market and uses a phone’s built-in camera to give you a live feed as you text, at least in theory preventing you from walking into stop signs or into traffic.

The free app, available from unofficial Android app markets, works as a Trojan horse once installed and redirects the pirate to the legitimate app in the Android marketplace and secretly sends the following text message to everyone on the phone’s contact list:

“Hey, just downlaoded [sic] a pirated app off the internet, Walk and Text for Android. Im stupid and cheap, it costed [sic] only 1 buck. Don’t steal like I did!”

Then, this message pops up to the user: “We really hope you learned something from this. Check your phone bill 😉 Oh and dont forget to buy the App from the Market.”

via Pirated Android app uses shame as tool | Technology | Los Angeles Times.

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