Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 28th Nov 2012 15:17 UTC
Windows "As we pass the one month anniversary of the general availability of Windows 8, we are pleased to announce that to-date Microsoft has sold 40 million Windows 8 licenses. Tami Reller shared this news with industry and financial analysts, investors and media today at the Credit Suisse 2012 Annual Technology Conference. Windows 8 is outpacing Windows 7 in terms of upgrades." Not bad, but there are the usual asterisks, as Ars notes.
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For a completely different view on copyright, you should also have a look at other industries:

Anyway it depends on how copyrights are used.

How copyright is used for the Linux kernel or for books is usually fine.

How proprietary software vendors only sell you a license to use their software with lots and lots of exception and a right to retract that permission, I don't like so much.

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Alfman Member since:


"How proprietary software vendors only sell you a license to use their software with lots and lots of exception and a right to retract that permission, I don't like so much."

Actually that's an excellent point. My knee jerk reaction was that the OP was ignorant of how copyright laws are important for the software industry. However in a very real sense corporations including microsoft have overstepped the boundaries of what copyrights are for. A prime example is not being able to take a windows license from one computer and install it on a new computer when the first is damaged or decommissioned. Copyright law is not supposed to enable Microsoft to force customers to buy the same thing over and over again, but that's essentially microsoft's core windows business model. A significant number of windows copies are being "oversold" this way: a new computer has the same OS as the old computer which is broken down, and yet the owner is required to buy windows again. Other commercial software vendors don't get that benefit. Take, for example halflife 3, photoshop, winzip, etc, your expectation is that you can continue to use them on brand new hardware when the old hardware dies. The software only needs to be replaced if you want to upgrade it. It's very reasonable for consumers to reuse the software license for an OS as well. Bundled software should not be an exceptional case for copy rights.

I would support an amendment to copyright law to explicitly give consumers the right to continue using old software licenses on new machines.

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Lennie Member since:

Also I'd like to see copyright law be reduced again, instead of extended.

We are now at 75-years after the dead of the author, instead of the original plan, which was: 8 years.

Copyright, like patents, is meant to improve the rate of innovation.

Instead of we have Disney lobbying* the US government to keep extending the copyright laws so they can keep the copyright on Mickey Mouse.

* I wouldn't be surprised if they also "fund things"

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lucas_maximus Member since:

Her argument is flawed.

She even alludes to it, there is a shoe that has a patented heel technology or making things too complicated to copy.

Edited 2012-11-30 02:46 UTC

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Lennie Member since:

I don't agree on that, I think her point is:

copyright can stall innovation.

copyright was meant to give a someone for a limited time (8 years originally) the right to copy. Not the current 75-years after the death (!) of the author.

This gives no incentice for innovation.

Actually patents also are meant to improve the rate of innovation, but we know many, many examples especially in IT where this is not working and has the opposite affect.

So in that sense copyright and patents really are kind of in the same boot.

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