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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@ KadyMae
by clausi on Wed 27th Oct 2004 12:35 UTC

DeBeers controls sales on 2/3 of the world's Diamonds.

Sorry, I thought you were referring as to the diamonds / water prices 'puzzle', not to DeBeers monopoly position.

However, a monopoly position is no contrast to the 'demand and supply determine prices' theory - in fact, it's quite the opposite. ;)