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Submission + - Copy-Friendly Businesses

An anonymous reader writes: Via Economist's View http://economistsview.typepad.com/economistsview/2 007/01/copyfriendly_bu.html
A series of articles in the Financial Times on copy friendly businesses — starting with publishing
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/b46f5a58-aa2e-11db-83b0-00 00779e2340.html
"The internet makes copying cheap. Businesses that see their livelihood as dependent on the restriction of copying — concentrated in the recording, film, publishing and software industries — are understandably upset. Their goal is to have the same ability to control their content as they had in an analog world but to keep all the benefits of pervasiveness, cost saving, and viral marketing that a global digital network brings. Its not so much a case of having their cake and eating it too as having their cake and making your cake illegal. Yet there are hints in each of these industries of a different business model, one that aims to encourage, rather than to forbid copying. .. In my next few columns, that is what I will do — study "copy-friendly" businesses, beginning today with publishing."

Is it possible that software is not like anything else, that it is meant to be discarded: that the whole point is to always see it as a soap bubble?

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