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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Well, how about this ...
by KadyMae on Tue 26th Oct 2004 21:00 UTC

Okay, stupid me I got completely wrapped up in a project last wednesday and forgot to get my arse in front of the TV in time for Lost.

Thank goodness a friend of mine has a TiVo. He burnt me a copy of the episode and I watched it.

Did I steal?

What if I had found a P2P download and watched the episode that way? Did I steal?

Every bit of music on my harddrive at home is iTunes or MP3s given away by the artist. (I find 99cents a song the *maximum* I'm willing to pay. [Hell, it should be more like 25 or 50 cents a song given that there's nothing to manufacture.] If the RIAA thinks I should pay more, I think they can stick it where the sun don't shine.)

But, say I find an MP3 of something I have on a *record* and download it. Have I stolen? How is this different than me finding some sort of way to rip it to my HD? (At the moment I have no turntable.)

If I find a streaming on-line radio station with a bitrate that doesn't suck rocks and run wiretap, have I stolen? How is it different than an off the air recording?

What if I use one of those radio-tuners for my computer and run wiretap? Theft? Fair use?

See, the line between theft and fair use isn't so nice and crisp and clear as some of you would like to think, is it?
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The only way I buy any new software these days is to take advantage of my academic discount; because when I go to stores and see the prices for things like office and dreamweaver, it's a total raping of the wallet.

I mean, $1000 for pro-sumer software? Aieee! And what sucks rocks is when you find a friend in the 3rd world can buy the same software for under $250 retail.

Okay so, $1000 or $250 plus the cost of an international money order, and 2 registered mail transactions to receive your "gift" from a friend. Which do you think the savvy consumer does?

And hey, that's NOT stealing. That's making the WORLD your marketplace. ;)