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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My 2 cents on piracy
by Piers on Tue 26th Oct 2004 22:59 UTC

It's a double edged sword. In the music scene p2p has allowed for consumers to get access and hear much more music than the regular media outlets would allow. This has lead to an increase of sales consistantly from the introduction of Napster onwards. What is pissing the main record labels off is that it is not mainstream music that has seen the benefits of this music access, it has been the smaller labels and independents.

You check the industry revenue and you'll see it in black and white a steady increase in revenue over the last 6 to 7 years. Audio piracy issues relate more to that of market control. The big wigs want to clamp down on who gets to play and distribute what music. This the public can not allow at any cost as it will lead to a very staid industry with music void of any form of artistry at all.

Now on the software side, either you pay for what you use by buying it from the shelf/subscribing to it/or donate funds to the developers who contribute to the code you use. Don't shaft people who create. I actually hope MS (who has a history of allowing piracy and now is trying to create revenue of the pirated software dependence they have generated) is successful in cracking down on piracy as it will drive people to alternatives. What I don't like is the big wigs of the media industry trying to lockdown the capabilities of PC's in the name of preventing piracy. As soon as you do that millions of creative artists will be shafted as the hardware needed to create as an alternative to PC's will become out of their reach. I know what it's like as a musician trying to get a studio together and be able to create legally. If I had to purchase DRM free audio workstations from a proprietry hardware vendor, I couldn't do it. I don't have the financial resources to do it and I'm sure I'm not the only one.