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 christian paratschek on Tue 26th Oct 2004 19:58 UTC

cognitive dissonance, yeah, that's skinners theory.

your typical law-abiding citizen can decrease his dissonance that he got from downloading mp3s by
a. building other consonant realtions ("it can't be that bad, others are downloading too!") or by
b. changing the value of existing dissonant relations ("it's not really stealing because i don't take something away from a person")

very intersting, and can probably applied here, i agree.

still, there IS a difference between stealing and downloading and it lies exactly in the fact that you don't actually take things away from someone else. call downloading a crime, if you want. but it's not stealing. that would be a fundamental definition error.

the other question is: does it really matter? the media industry is undergoing a revolution. it will definitely not be the same 10 years from now. that doesn't legitimate downloading, but the law is still searching for a way to deal with it (here in europe)
the possibilities of the internet are just too overwhelming for the traditional model of data distribution that has existed for years, decades and even centuries.

after all, this is exactly, what this article is about. and (with the small exception that i thought it's a bit too long) it is a very good article. congratulations, david!

christian