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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Perhaps rephrasing the problem helps
by Richard James on Wed 27th Oct 2004 09:53 UTC

Making the copies is not stealing it's what you do with the copies that count.

For example if Syria sends a spy to Israel and copies information about the location of a research facility. Then Syria sends a missile attack against the facility.

The copying is not wrong. It is the misuse of the copy that is wrong. If having a copy stops you from buying a copy then that is where the crime lies. However since we have no real name for such a crime the industries use stealing as a name, but we know that it is not really stealing. It is another crime altogether.

Also morality comes not from logic but instead from ethics.