Honestly, this is up to the developer I would imagine. As you say, because the user base is so small, I don’t think piracy is really that big of a concern, at least not initially.
My original thoughts on all of this, was that for many VST developers, who maybe might have been thinking about an additional revenue stream (a la U-he, for example), that the SSP presented a fantastic opportunity that required as little of an investment as possible for them to actually “enter” the eurorack market. This was always what I thought would one day be one of the SSPs greatest strengths.
However, there is such a wealth of open source VSTs out there, which could be potentially ported, that I think even with them alone, getting to 50+ vst plug-ins isn’t a stretch. My own person enthusiasm for the SSP was along these lines. Being able to develop my own modules for it, meant that I was never going to run into a situation that I couldn’t do something. No where else can I really say that and have the same amount of flexibility. I think I represent a unique niche here, but I don’t see why this doesn’t benefit anyone who buys it.
I think and hope that as the SSP videos show up, and as development continues, developers will notice what is here. The platform is royalty free, and they are able to monetize their software how they see fit.
Heck I’ve even though about offering to port some of their plug-ins for free, just prime the pump. Of course we’ll see. I’m not trying to make porting seem at all trivial, as in some cases it is not. (Mainly speaking to the reworking of GUIs and interfaces.)
I can see nothing but positives no matter how I look at it though. Right now my biggest problem is just locking down what I want to work on first.