If you can’t beat software pirates, at least make them feel guilty. That’s exactly what Alessandro Levi Montalcini is doing with people who use cracked codes to register his USB Overdrive software for Mac.

When people try to register OverDrive X with a pirated serial number, the software will still accept the code but not before showing this "Shame on Me" dialog box.

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If you have trouble reading the message above, here’s the full Image via Nick.

*’ Your registration code is a PIRATE one. ** We can’t stop the hackers that generate codes, so we’ll accept your registration anyway.

However, there’s one thing you should know: you’re not stealing money from the big guys this time. You’re stealing from people who count on your honesty to make a living.

To hackers: we can play this game forever, but it’s not fun. More cracks, more checks. Why don’t we stop here? We already accept your codes, what else should we do?