Today on Computer Insider, a discussion about copyrights, and the net outcome of protection. It seems that every company from the beginning of time has looked at ways to prevent people from copying their products and force consumers to pay for usage. My first computer was a Commodore 8032 Pet. The software I was using needed a special chip to be plugged into the motherboard to make it operational. The net outcome? A huge upswing in the sale of e-prom burning equipment. Probably most of us remember Napster and the lawsuits that happened when they started sharing Music, and the net outcome? Today’s Bit-Torrent downloading sits. Guess that didn’t turn out the way the music industry though. Another scheme that went wrong happened at Lotus Development Corporation back in the early 90s. While I was doing a TV interview with Mitch Kapoor, Lotus founder and at the time CEO, I asked why they dropped their copy protection, where you had to insert an original disk into a drive to start the package. He responded that they did an analysis of costs, and determined that they were spending more money helping legitimate customers keep their software running that they were losing to piracy. Most of the time copy protection is for the benefit of the manufacturer to protect their profit margins than anything else. Reasonable pricing works.
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