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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by MadDwarf on Tue 26th Oct 2004 18:40 UTC

People have been taping albums, making compilation tapes for their friends, etc for many a year. I used to rig a tape-deck to my turntable in the days before intergrated hi-fi systems. The internet/P2P has allowed this same concept to happen at a much greater scale, with people (and therefore music) one would normally never encounter. Also the ease of P2P, compared to compiling a tape, makes it an easy, "victimless" crime with no chance of getting caught.