|Oh it pops up every now and the. Here's one from several years ago:|
I think software licensing should be treated like new pharmaceuticals. The company that develops a new drug gets exclusive rights to it for something like 10 or 15 years to recoup their R & D costs. After that they lose that privelege and other drug companies can manufacture it as generic.
So let microsoft sell their software for 5 years or whatever until they retire it and move to the next version. During that time they recoup their development costs by selling the items for hundreds of dollars when it's costing them pennies to burn each disk.
After that period of time, people can buy and sell the software themselves. Microsoft could still be the only developer since there is a market for used software and not for used drugs as in my example above.
Besides, as I mentioned in the link above, there is a definite advantage to microsoft in allowing a marketplace for their old software.
You're not really green until you're soylent green.