Recently, I had an interesting mail exchange. Summarized it went like this:
: CAN WE GET A COPPERCUBE
LICENSE FOR FREE PLEASE WE LIKE THE SOFTWARE BUT THE TRIAL IS RUN OUT NOW AND WE WOULD LIKE TO CONTINUE USING THE SOFTWARE
: Hi, nice that you like CopperCube. If the trial is over and you like the software, you are supposed to buy it, that's how it works. If you are a student or working for an educational institute, I can give you a discount, but I cannot give it away for free, I'm sorry.
: BUT WE ARE A CHARITY ORGANIZATION
:No, I'm sorry.
:YOU CAN NOT DONATE IT TO OUR COMPANY TO USE FOR CHARITY PURPOSES
:No, I'm sorry. What you could do maybe is gather some donation money and then buy it with that.
The interesting part is not the all-uppercase-mode the mails were written in, but that this was not the only guy claiming he was working for a charity organization and who wanted my software for free. Strange.
I'm wondering if this is a new kind of scam and if other software developers are maybe falling for this. I mean I am always open for special discounts and actions, but in a reasonable mode and not with such suspicious mails.. :)