Will CRA further encourage subscription models?

Bernhard E. Reiter bernhard at fsfe.org
Sun Oct 29 19:12:35 UTC 2023

Hi Nico,

Am Dienstag, 24. Oktober 2023, 08:28:26 CET schrieb Nico Rikken:
> What do you think? Is there are a trend towards subscription models?

yes there is. :)
Of course software vendors will have to maintain the software and a 
subscription model could match that cost curve.
However with proprietary software, the problem is that your data is kept 
captive and if you had just wanted to use the software for a year (let us say 
for your studies) and then you need to subscribe forever just to fully access 
your thesis documents.

> How does that affect user freedom?

A bit. Like you I believe it is a bad development if used for proprietary 
software. I can be a good one, if used for Free Software.

Like even if you have a long enduring licence for a proprietary product, you 
probably need to buy a new one if they move to a new major version or you to a 
new operating system or device.

So the key is using an open standard dataformat, for where there will be 
several applications that could handle your data in the future.

> Does the planned CRA encourage the trend towards subscription models?

No, it will have other chilling effects on Free Software development and 
software development in general, I think, because the responsibility can still 
be shifted to the producer of components too easily (which usually is not the 
big comany that policy makers wanted to get to take responsibility).

Best Regards,

FSFE -- Gr├╝ndungsmitglied der Vollversammmlung    blogs.fsfe.org/bernhard
Unterst├╝tze Freie Software:  https://www.fsfe.org/support/support.de.html
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