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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@ Michael Wassil
by Smartpatrol on Tue 26th Oct 2004 21:27 UTC

As then, so now, such efforts are intended solely to benefit a few individuals at the expense of society as a whole. They should be opposed vigorously.

I couldn't disagree more! A simple example would be two competing tribes of primitive humanís competing for the same resources in a limited area. One tribe invents a more efficient means of hunting their primary food source perhaps deer. The survival of each tribe/family unit is paramount to the survival of their offspring. What you are saying is that the one tribe should share their method so that they can both deplete the same resource and jeopardize the survival of both tribes. This is basic human instinct to gain the advantage over another competing group of Humans. I do not believe there is anything wrong with that it, yeah it sucks to be in the tribe that canít hunt as efficiently as the other but you cannot escape this basic fundamental human truth. Hence the reason a free market cannot exist in a true large scale socialist society. There will always be losers in this game and/or a dependency on others for services.