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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great article
by Caliber FX on Tue 26th Oct 2004 19:56 UTC

The thing that would be great if the developer of software of some IP is that they at least get 50% of the profits instead of like 1 or 2%. They could actually put enough man power into these projects instead of a few people placed on these huge projects and finding themselves doing work at home as well. Would be great to sell software on the internet but for some reason I think their are afraid or something but hey windows xp piracy protection scheme seems to work well enough. Also I was kinda suprised to not hear that people are stealing software becuase they felt like they paid for it already through their isp. Cable and dsl ranges from 30 to 50 bucks a month it is not hard for many broadband users to not pirate anything unless they have some other primary need for broadband like communicating with people overseas or work related things that need a fast connection. Besides pirating and gaming there is no other recreational use for broadband. Say they somehow stop pirating then broadband would almost be useless to the average consumer. Ohhh my webpage will come up faster and I paid 40 bucks for it isn't going to do it for them.