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 20:24 UTC

well, still: if i take one of the cars, that's one car less, regardless of who it owns. that's stealing. simple.

if, on the other hand, i walk around with barbara eden (remember her?), see one of the aston martins, point with a finger at it and she does her jeanny-stuff and copies the car, i'd much rather get into it and drive away.

why?

because the huge parking lot, filled with n cars, is still filled with n cars and not with n-1 cars. the owner of the n cars won't even notice. i, however, screwes aston martin, because i now own a car that i didn't buy from them.

still. you can't simply compare taking away 1 car from aston martin and driving around with it to "copying" a car from aston martin, thus _virtually_ decreasing their revenue. in case one, i just stealed a car. in case two, i _might_ have bought that car, but there's a lot of other things you have to take into account.

so, i insist: copying is not stealing. that's just what the music industry tells us. and false statements don't become true just because someone says them often enough. not even in the mediacracy (or mediatorship) we live in nowadays.

christian