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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RE:Jonathan Thompson
by Jophn Deo on Wed 27th Oct 2004 05:52 UTC

One thing I've not seen mentioned in either the article or all the preceding comments to this one (58 as of the time I wrote this) is the amount of time and effort required by a creator of software to learn and master their trade sufficiently well to create the product.

That's self investment, as it is when you attend University
or whatever institute.As opposed to research.