Linked by David Adams on Tue 26th Oct 2004 16:30 UTC
Editorial The software industry is undergoing a gradual transformation, and consumer fatigue is at its root. The licensing model that has formed the basis for the modern software industry is facing challenges on many fronts, and the industry is scrambling to keep its footing. Where this period of change may lead software producers and consumers isn't quite clear, but some trends are emerging. Since the proliferation of the internet, unauthorized redistribution of digital goods has become rampant. But although software sharing probably won't kill the software industry, the reasoning behind it shares some pedigree with the customer revolt that promises to transform the way software is sold.
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Re: Bittorrent @ DMJC
by Jason Lotito on Tue 26th Oct 2004 17:38 UTC

"heh, I find it funny how the author mentions bittorrent as being intended to help piracy and helping distros as a side effect, when in reality bittorrent was always designed to help get linux distros out and piracy was the unintended side effect."

Actually, you had it backwards.

<em>In another odd bit of synergy, P2P technologies like Bittorrent were developed to make it easier for individuals to share files with millions without having thousands of dollars in bandwidth charges.</em>

He then goes on to mention how it has impacted mp3 sharing as well. He was right in what he said, I just think you read it the wrong way.