I am for free download of copyrighted software/products/services. How am I suppose to know if it's actually a good product? I do enjoy the 30 day trials some companies have done. I've bought most of them. The only reason for not being able to buy the rest is painfully obvious - I just don't have the money for it at the moment. My answer still stands: Yes for free download!
Voted yes for this reason: [link] I believe free downloads should start as soon as the creator is deceased or wills it so. There are so many fat cats who think they can make livings off other people's ideas. Of course, I'm not naive; I realize that it's not black and white but ideally, it would be pretty clear cut. IP Law is one of the most problem-ridden areas.
My answer is yes, but with a very big but. Considering the evolution of technology and information sharing, copyrights, patents and information possession for wealth gain are going to be thing of the past one way or another. It's only a matter of time. However, there is a huge elephant in the room with the issue. It is the economic model based on individuals need to simply make a living somehow. There are too many people that make a living of the said copyrights and patents to allow this shift of values to happen anytime soon.
However, as stated, as the technology progresses, it will become increasingly difficult, and I could go as far to say impossible, to hold on to these old methods of trying to stop the information flow. What happens then depends on the economic model that is in place. If we still have the monetary system based on each person being there for their own, having to make a living somehow, it's going to be even more complicated issue than it is now, that I can guarantee to anyone (just look at 3D printing — when that becomes mainstream, there's going to be hell of a battle between who actually "owns" anything).
If we're moved beyond such system, to let's say, a system where the basic humans needs are provided to anyone free of charge regardless of their contribution to society, then copyright will likely develop to a simple credit being given to the individual who made the said image, video, object, whatever it's going to be.
Of course my stance on the issue likely goes beyond what anybody else is thinking (in scope), but I firmly believe we will not see drastic improvement or solution for the copyright issue unless we address the economic 'issues' that have created the problem in the first place.
I think it should be a use or or loose it as far as copyights go, as well as enforcing the original time limits (I think it was 20 years). It's great to support artists and companies who produce what you like, but when those companies choose to deny access in this age where digital media makes it painless and functionally free to provide perpetual access there is no excuse for a book/comic/game/music/whatever to go out of print. Especially books.
So if the material is available for purchase from the copyright holder, let them keep control of it. If the material is no longer available from the copyright holder, they should loose control of it so it becomes free.
This is from the POV of someone who does and wants to buy, and can't much more often than not. I don't want it for free, I just want to force the jerks who take it off the market before I can buy it to keep it available to have legally.
Yes, but not video games and art. Video games rely entirely upon people buying the game on release, and for artists how else are they gonna make money if they also cant get well paid in the video games industry. Film and music isnt as much as an issue, as i feel most piracy is within these fields already. Film, people will still buy cinema tickets because its the experience, and music, most artists get money from gigs, so i dont see it as a problem. Besides selling cds is still a good way for people to contribute to the artist while still getting something in return.