To be fair, no small number of those that claim to support the free movement think "free as in beer" too. As long as there are its going to be difficult to deal with the misconceptions of those that oppose the idea.
I wonder whether there should be more effort in explaining things to the people that support exploiting the new reality.
"Google does offer open platforms, just not for their search and the reasons behind that are not totally clear"
"Google" didnt become a verb because of open software, it because a verb because their closed algorithm was superior to anyone else's. Why would they open it and invite their competitors to be as good?
I wonder how much this is an artifact of teaching methods.
If you've been taught out of a text book your whole life and marking passages and writing notes in the book are part of that, changing your learning method by the time you get to an MBA is going to be hard.
I dont expect it would bother me. We borrowed texts from the school in high school and dark and terrible things were threatened to anyone who dared to mark the books in anyway. Even when we had to buy the books in uni I wrote my notes separately in loose leaf.
I don't know, think of what they would have to pay for to get cannon.com from someone today. Now think of what they would have to pay to buy tld cannon from someone in a couple of years. I think it's a good investment.
AC, It was as obvious 13 years ago as it is today. One click with a mouse to cause a computer to do something is as old as the mouse itself (somewhere in the mid '60s I believe) and the 'idea' of making things easier for your customers can not be claimed by Amazon.
I'll pass on the job offer. The evidence suggests the pay and conditions suck big time. Otherwise they might have some better talent.
Wow. I'm not sure where you live Michial but here in Hong Kong apple were far from the first to release a phone/pda/mp3 player combo and your most basic GSM handset had pager functionality much earlier than that.
Apple were the first to release a phone with a multitouch interface, nothing more or less. They didnt invent it but innovation is in the execution right? And now they want to execute HTC...
I can easily see a group making the right steps to survive in a new reality without "getting" that there is new reality in the first place.
And lets face it while its possible to make a decent living in that new reality, only the labels still promise to deliver yesterday's dream of mega bucks, wild groupie sex, fame and all the trappings. However much they are in it for the music the old dream is still there in the background.
They missed the opportunity to avoid alienating billions of music fans to the point where most see nothing wrong with copyright infringement and so many see infringing as a way of 'getting back' at the recording industry for their abuses.
If they had moved to protect their copyright given monopoly by embracing the changes rather than opposing them they would be better monetizing music today.
Importantly, while the economics suggest this could only ever be a case of delaying the inevitable, the delay would have given them more time to adapt to a new reality. Time they no longer have.