Developer Jack Underwood recently let the world know just how bad piracy is for the paid version of his calendar app. Apparently 85 percent of user of Today Calendar Pro have pirated it with only 15 percent having legitimately paid for it.
A commenter on Reddit suggested Underwood randomly add pirate themed events to their schedule in an attempt to annoy them into purchasing the product he worked so hard on.
That is exactly what he did.
Now, if a user steals Today Calendar Pro, random events will populate the pirate’s schedule. According to Android Police, there are at least two events, one called “Swashbuckling 101” and another called “Walk the Plank.”
The pirate will also receive notifications in the form of reminders. The note attached to the event reads, “That’s what ye get fer piratin’ matey.”
These funny new additions don’t automatically appear in the legitimate version. However, users have noted that, if you type in the name of the event (Walk the Plank, for example) the pirate theme will appear for the event.
Underwood spoke with TorrentFreak about his unique anti-pirate update. “Fighting piracy in a traditional way is a waste of time in my eyes, software will get cracked anyway.”
His hope is that users of the pirated app will eventually get annoyed with all of the nautical events, but like the app enough to decide to purchase it instead.