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 20:41 UTC

Well, then we have different attitudes, and therefore, it is useless to dicuss this subject with you ;) .

But seriously, for me it's rather simple. It used to be:

Person wants album A. Person goes to shop. Person pays X dollars. Artist/shop/record company/all others involved get X dollars.

Now it's:

Person wants album A. Person fires up P2P. Person pays 0 dollars. Artist/shop/record company/all others involved get 0 dollars.

That's deriving people of income, so it's stealing. It might be a different way of stealing than walking into a shop and get stuff without paying, but it still is stealing. Not paying for something is also stelaing. By not paying your taxes, you steal from the government, for instance. Whether you agree with the way they spend it or not.