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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Something to remember
by drsmithy on Wed 27th Oct 2004 10:22 UTC

The major losers from P2P and massive copyright infringers are those businesses who have built themselves up on the basis of copying being difficult and time consuming. Now that copying is simple and quick, their business models are obselete. It's no different (to use the ubquitous example) to the car manufacturers obseleting buggy-whip manufacturers.

Why should obselete business models be protected by law ?