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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re: smartpatrol
by hobgoblin on Wed 27th Oct 2004 17:06 UTC

its not the success the try to punish, but the way they did it. every system have rules, and if you break those rules then punishment is the reaction. the only way for a market to grow is open competition where the curstomer can go from supplyer a to supplyer be if b have a better product. this without worrying about filetypes and similar. interoperability and standards are the name of the game. and im not talking about de-facto standards but real standards that are not owned by any one entity...