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 Thom Holwerda on Tue 26th Oct 2004 19:47 UTC

And even here people are trying to justify their own actions. Already reached the state of cognitive consistency yet? ;)

In my opinion, downloading illegal music/software is stealing, no matter how you look at it. It's the fact that one can do it anonymously that makes it so attractive; if you would ask the person who illegally downloads his music to walk into a record store, and steal an album, he probably wouldn't do it-- even though it is the exact same thing.

Talk about it all you want, about prices being too high blabla, it's still stealing.

And yes, I pay for my music, like everyone should. Just this morning I bought the 'new' Beastie Boys album ('To The 5 Buroughs') for 13.99E. I do this because it just doesn't feel right to steal music-- whether anyone will know or not.