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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@ Yamin and Darius
by foo on Tue 26th Oct 2004 19:04 UTC

I think the "underlying" factor may be referring to is called Cognitive Dissonance. When people do or think something they don't feel right about, they will try and "make it better" by using methods such as rationalization, ie. "Stealing is wrong, but copying MP3s isn't all that bad when you consider how greedy the record companies are."