- Feb 9, 2015
I did of course. I am not argueing about that developers shouldn't get compensated, of course they should.Have you factored into your argument the upfront costs of developing software?
Well, I believe the system in the society must change. Developers should be compensated and at the same time their software should be free for non-commercial use. If someone makes profit out of someone else's work, there I draw the line. As I said, it is a very complex topic which has so many details to consider when talking about this. To make a system for the society which both helps the developer and the people is damn hard.No one could ever recoup those costs or realize a profit if they could only sell one of each software product
Sure.Remember too, companies have the cost of ongoing support for those software copies, often years after the initial sale.
This just proves my point. Specially considering that Microsoft Windows is probably the most pirated software in the world, since the age of internet. Yet they are in 2019 the biggest company in the world. As you see piracy didn't stop them from becoming Nr.1.
Another point for my view.
The unethical part is not the providing products or the need for profit.I'm struggling to understand what about providing products people want and need for profit is unethical. Perhaps you may disagree with the amounts of revenue that some popular software can generate? I can understand that, though it is still far more ethical than taking someone else's work without paying for it.
The unethical part is how the system works in favor for digital products as they can be duplicated indefinitely without a cost. So the system which we live in is flawed, that has to change. Do you think it is a coincidence that the graph above shows that 7 of the top 10 companies are IT companies?
Imagine how the graph would be like for a top 100 or top 1000 list. There is something wrong in the system, when 1 thing dominates anything else. And in my opinion it is because those people sell duplicated bits and bytes. I am not saying they shouldn't profit but I just feel that information should be free. And bits are bytes are information. However at the same time one shouldn't make profit from someone else's information without a permission and the devs also must get compensated etc. So very problematic thing. But I don't want to dive in this topic further. This is off-topic and I don't have the time to write detailed arguements about each aspect. Because I am sure you will question some of the stuff I said and I don't have the time to respond, sorry.
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