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With P2P and piracy growing faster than ever, do you think that the idea of intellectual property is coming to an end and that open source software is the rising star?

Asked by jcs007 (1765points) May 30th, 2008 from iPhone

I know a lot of people downloading $500+ software, like Photoshop and Aperture, via bittorrent. If such software, music, and other programs that have a price on them are free to anyone who knows how to use bittorrent, will intellectual property become a thing of the past?

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Vincentt's avatar

Maybe, but the growth of piracy is at the cost of open source. Many (if not all) open source programs compete on price, but if people get the other stuff for free, that’s one advantage less.

Truefire's avatar

Definitely. Open source is nothing new, it’s how the internet came to be in the first place.

http://www.itpro.co.uk/features/199785/litigating-against-innovation-legal-attacks-on-linux.html

That explains a bit.

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