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 drsmithy on Wed 27th Oct 2004 10:03 UTC

One tribe invents a more efficient means of hunting their primary food source perhaps deer. The survival of each tribe/family unit is paramount to the survival of their offspring. What you are saying is that the one tribe should share their method so that they can both deplete the same resource and jeopardize the survival of both tribes.

No, he's saying that should the other tribe find out this method (or simply discover it themselves), *they* haven't done anything wrong.

Hence the reason a free market cannot exist in a true large scale socialist society. There will always be losers in this game and/or a dependency on others for services.

The objective of copyright is impose *artificial scarcity*. It subverts the principals of capitalism.

yes but i think is incorrect to assume that and individual idea owner monoply or not somehow owes "society".

But they do. Society provides the infrastructure (food, shelter, protection) that allows them to spend time just thinking up ideas instead of worrying about basic survival.