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
by Yamin on Tue 26th Oct 2004 17:43 UTC

"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. Of course, these P2P networks became popular ways of trading unauthorized mp3s, software and movies. But now that these systems are in such widespread use, it makes it even easier for open source developers to release a hot new project into the world, even without a fat pipe."

I wonder where you get the impression that the author is saying bit torrent was intended to help piracy? As a matter of fact, the author implies they were not designed for piracy, by the line
"Of course, these P2P networks BECAME popular ways of trading unauthorized mp3s"