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: christian paratschek
by Thom Holwerda on Tue 26th Oct 2004 20:33 UTC

But I refuse to pay $18 for 40 minutes of music that the artist didn't even create

Erm, do you know that performing and recording is work? How much time do you think it takes a band like Radiohead (just an example), to create and write the lyrics, the music, then go into the studio, record it, record it again, and again, and again, untill it's perfect? A 4 minute song does not take 4 minutes to make, you know.

I actually view it as a moral wrong to pay too much for a product, or to pay for an inferior product.

For you it might seem like an inferior or overpriced product, but for someone else it doesn't! I find paying 60 million euro's for a painting by Vermeer way too much money for a painting I don't like, and which is centuries old. Does that suddenly justifies me stealing it? The inferiority or overpriced-ness (nice word, ey?) is completely subjective. You see, I don't find paying 18$ for a good cd too much, for instance. But I indeed will not pay 18$ for an album I don't like-- but a friend of mine might like it and still pay the 18$ to get it.

And to me, supporting those who rip off their customers is a greater wrong than stealing from them.

Again, a completely subjective matter and therefore not a justification for stealing.

And finally: why is it any different for software?? software, music, toothpaste: they are products. And for products, you pay.