I have made a product and did something similar to Game Dev Tycoon recently with my software (although it wasn't a game), where I seeded my own "cracked" (I just removed the licence checker) software, but added a line of code that sent a ping to my server telling it "Hey, IP xxxx just launched the pirated game".
Now, this only accounts for people who downloaded my torrent, not other people's.
I would like to motivate the users with the 'pirated' version to pay for the software. As I see it, my options are:
- Do nothing (a larger pool of users overall will bring in more paid users)
- Send a gentle "Hey I know you're pirating, please consider buying my product if you really enjoy it, it keeps us afloat" message to them when they boot it up
- Do above but put a countdown where they have to look at the screen for 30 (or whatever) seconds before continuing
- Do something like these people, where you basically break a core feature of the product
Making the software not work is not an option as people will always be able to get around it.