1) You have your business model and other "intellectual talents" have theirs. Yours may be fine for you, but there are others that have entire development teams with families and mortgages and car payments and so on. Besides, nobody is out to buy a Windows coffee mug or an iGuidance t-shirt to support the merchandising aspect of your business model. Productivity & niche software doesn't work that way. Games might, but that's really a different category. Likewise, I don't think anyone would attend a WordPerfect concert or stage show... At least not for money, anyway. :lol:
2) Nobody's talking about an all-out crusade to stop piracy. I'm certain that 99% (if not more) of every member on this forum has a bootleg CD or downloaded music files or a pirated game or whatever. Myself included.
However, when a programmer works hard to create a viable product and they decide to commercialize that product, it's illegal to simply download it and enjoy, plain and simple. I know too many code warriors that are struggling to get bills paid.
I also sell software. I know how to circumvent the required licensing for the software my company sells despite the use of a hardware licensing dongle. But I don't do it, and I damn sure ain't showing anyone else how to. Why? It paybs *MY* bills.
Maybe one day when you see bootlegs of your CD for sale on a table in HongKong with the douchebag and his CD burner making fistfuls of cash on YOUR work, you'll change your tune (no pun intended).
3) AS far as a torrent section here, it's not going to happen. The forum's owners run a legitimate business that I'm sure they don't want shut down because someone deiced to share their warez. You want to be a pirate, take your eye patch and parrot to another forum. Personally, I don't want my favorite resource for my money-pit of a hobby to up & vanish because some anti-piracy organization gets wind that someone's trading Streets & Trips or iGuidance, thank you very much.
4) 'Linux' doesn't make millions of dollars. The companies producing distros (Mandrake, Red Hat, etc.) that are selling them on retail shelves and providing support and consulting are. Get your facts straight.
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I do work for free. I am a musician who heavily supports p2p. Music as a product is the same as every other downloadable product.
It has a few different ways it makes money; 1. Product sales (the cd, a software program, a dvd), 2. Concerts, theatre movies, and mass use (like if the product is good enough for someone to want to use many many copies for a business or something) 3. Sponsers, donations, 4. Merchandise 5. a sequal.
I look forward to the moment when you pull your foot out of your mouth far enought o attempt to repond.