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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by Michael Wassil on Tue 26th Oct 2004 23:34 UTC

>>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.<<

Many people think they don't owe society. So society forces them to cooperate by limiting the monopoly. As originally thought out and implemented, patent and copyright law were quite ingenious in persuading innovative people to share their innovations with society at large.

People like Franklin and Jefferson did not assume that individual inventors would feel like they owed society. But "society" in fact provides the environment, education, tools, and the market from which to make a profit. Only a man living alone on a desert island or the remotest north woods is truly a society unto himself. The rest of us owe a great deal to the social environment in which we are born and raised whether you want ot admit or not. And I agree, if you have a great idea and don't want to share it with anyone you will take it to the grave with you.