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 hobgoblin on Wed 27th Oct 2004 12:50 UTC

if we had unlimited amounts of power and quantum combiners on every street corner so that anyone could go up to them and just push a button to get a hot cup of coffe, a new set of pants or the latest from some composer then the composer to can do that and dont have to get payed for his work. basicly the sole reason for our need for money (be it physical or electronic) is the fact that we have limited resources. and as long as we have limited resources a resource have a value. but outside of the act of creating software, a work of art or similar technology today makes images, strings of code and sounds basicly a unlimited resource, thereby turning the value into 0 quite fast ones its out in the wild. only by applying the virtual limitation of intelectual property does the value stay above 0. but remeber that any physical item loose value with use and shelf life. this forces the creators of said items into makeing new ones. but virtual goods have a unlimited shelf life and therefor have no real need for being renewed. the original creators of the idea "intelectual property" did see this and put in a timer. the problem is that this timer have gone the wrong way. in this modern age it should have been tuned short as the time it takes to make a new product is shorter, but with pressure from the special interest groups its instead become longer so that it basicly overlaps. if the special interest groups got it how they wanted there would be no timelimit and they would become a kind of printing press or black hole for money if they allso could apply dark age tactics to get people to pay up. basicly there is a creation of a new kind of aristocrasy going on, one fuled not by blodline but by money (or one could in fact state that it was allways fueld by money but now the idea of inheritance have been ripped out). basicly this time the war is not fought by soldiers and generals but by lawyers and marketers. the only kind of job that have crossed over intact is the spy.