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Originally posted by WaStEdDeAtH777
I'm positive shareware will be banned in a few years. It's just too easy to get programs/movies/games for free using this stuff.
Originally posted by thematrix
I guess you mean filesharing programs, not shareware.
Definition of Shareware:
software that has been copyrighted but which is sold to users with Shareware/Limited and Payware/Full Feature lisences.
Shareware is software developed to have 2 feature sets. The shareware feature set is normaly a limited version of the program with a timeout built into it. When a lisence for this application is bought, the program can be unlocked to be full featured and unlimited in use.
What your talking about is filesharing programs, which at this point are mainly freeware or subscriptionware
They might be outbanned at some time, by some nations, but good luck to them, as long as the internet exists, filesharing will always exist.
What I'm afraid will happen is that artists will need to make money and will eventually end up working for corporations who will tell them what to produce and what message it should deliver.
Originally posted by siddharthsma
More and more people nowdays are beginning to use shareware programs. This has already resulted in a problem for music companies. But in the future, with shareware programs becoming more advanced and popular, is it possible that there will be a crisis for software creators, that it will lead to the collapse of some big firms. Or will shareware have to be banned and made illegal after a few years.
Originally posted by Crysstaafur
Instead of being shortsighted and trying to quickfix the situation by playing wack the mole with p2p authors, why not work toward the long term, try to hire them under contract, and revise the business model for their own profitablity? More progressive companies may eventually come to this conclusion, while others will simply allow themselves to stagnate through non-adaptation.