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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@thom holwerda
by christian paratschek on Tue 26th Oct 2004 21:11 UTC

well, i did agree with you (in both posts) that downloading copyrighted material is not a good thing, i even called it a crime (if it really is, has yet to be decided)

i am just amazed, shocked and bothered each and every day how the modern media controls minds. downloading stuff IS fundamentally different from stealing. the one and only reason why you are using "stealing" here is because, and only because you heard it on the media time and again. it got hammered into your head. it is not real information, in the sense that it contains ANY valuable truth.

you quoted skinner, i'll quote andreas gruschka (german sociologist): the information and intention of such a message only consists in the fact, that it was information.

i guess we merely have a defintion problem. but really, think about it. you are tricked by a massive mind-making machine. downloading is not stealing just as linux is not communism just as al quaida is not irak.

know your enemies!