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 22:34 UTC

The real issue I am trying to make is that by granting monopoly rights to an idea (rather than specific "works"), society shoots itself in the foot because it thereby prevents other innovative individuals from developing alternative "works" that might be better than the original patented/copyright work.

yes but i think is incorrect to assume that and individual idea owner monoply or not somehow owes "society". If i invent a cold fusion process and keep it to myself thats my right to do so, i owe society nothing. I wouldn't of course becasue i am too nice of a guy to keep something like that to myself.