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: foo, Yamin and Darius
by Thom Holwerda on Tue 26th Oct 2004 19:41 UTC

Indeed, the phenomenon is called cognitive dissonance-- it's what happens when observed/expressed behaviour does not fit among the observer's set of attitudes. Like, when John Smith, a law-abiding citizen downloads and album from the web, the fact that he steals does not fit his "abide-the-law" attitude-- therefore he will indeed try to justify his actions, so that his behaviour will match his attitudes and the state of cognitive consistency is reached again.

Yeah, I like my university study of Psychology ;)