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: Yamin
by Darius on Tue 26th Oct 2004 18:09 UTC

A few points though. THe author ponders why good, 'honest' people decide to pirate software when they wouldn't do it normally. He then implies its because they feel justified, feeling they are over priced. Sometimes people just like getting stuff for free ;)

That is usually the underlying reason, but people who pirate will (from what I have observed) always try to justify it somehow. It's either the artist/company has enough money anyway, the price is too high, I can't afford it, or whatever. I don't think you'll ever see someone say 'the reason I steal software/music/movies is because I'm greedy and don't want to pay for it.' It's just like people who commit murder - if you ask them about it, they'll give you some reason why they felt justified for doing it. (Not trying to put piracy on the same level as murder, but just using it as an analogy.)