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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At the end of the day
by Yamin on Wed 27th Oct 2004 01:43 UTC

At the end of the day does it really matter where this fine line between copying/piracy/stealing is. Me personally, I think it's morally wrong. But IMHO, the law is not meant to enforce morality, but to ensure we all get along somehow.
I think if we step back a bit and ignore morality for a second, we can ask ourselves one simple question.

Are those invovled in the production of a digital item being paid proper compensation on the whole. This in the end will determine which direction software takes.

Maybe we are a crossroads right now where too many people are not paying for the digital items. But last I checked artists are still making loads of money, games are still being made, movies are still raking in millions, microsoft is still making loads of money... Business will still need legal software and this law and order WILL spread to those other countries in time. People are often spontaneous and WILL rent a movie/game from blockbuster rather than spending 4 hours searching/downloading it.

Especially with executables, I often don't 'trust' downloaded content and often buy them. I personally find the 'fake' media items on p2p software (you know the songs iwth the right name, but end up just playing the chorus with a scratch on it) is really an effective way to ensure everything works accordingly. I don't even search for any song I think could possibly be on the radio because I'll have to sort through 10 fake ones first. Whatever the morality of that, it works, and keeps everything in balance.