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 : morality by interpretation
by Jason Mazzotta on Tue 26th Oct 2004 20:57 UTC

"For example, if someone were to pirate an app that normally costs $500 and there's no way in hell they could afford to buy it even if they wanted to, what exactly have you deprived the original owner of? Again, I'm not saying it is ok to download stuff you can't afford, but just drawing a distinction."

I don't see the distinction. If I steal a car off a lot at a Porsche dealer, is that OK? I certainly can't afford one, and they can make another? They ship quite a few into this country, and the practice of mass production was invented (I think) in the autmobile industry.