Possibilities for commercial software?

Jonathon Suggs jsuggs at murmp.com
Fri Jan 26 17:58:17 CET 2007

I really hate to get in on this discussion, but a few points were made
that should be brought to light.

Peter A Trotter wrote:
The market place should be so simple to use that is always the easiest
and quickest place for average users to get hold of apps.

Bingo.  People will pay for software/digital data if it is easy to
access and at a "fair" price.  Just look at allofmp3.com

Dave Crossland wrote:
But when I copy software, no one loses it and another person gets it.
There's no ethical problem.

Sorry Dave, but you are wrong.  There IS an ethical problem.  Just
because you CAN do something doesn't mean that you should.  I agree that
software (in most cases, but is still ultimately up to the creator)
*should* be open and "free as in speech."  But whether or not it should
be "free as in beer" is not your decision to make...it is the creators. 
So, just because you can share the software, doesn't mean that you
should.  If you do, then yes...you have an ethical problem...sorry. 
Besides, if you find the software useful don't you want to help in succeed?

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