There is a real problem going to occur with regards to the App Store and desktop/mobile software in general if pure software businesses aren’t able to sustain themselves in the long term.
Notch (the guy who started Minecraft) has a really good piece on why patents are a bad idea.
It bears repeating, the vast majority of piracy is people just trying to get content the easiest way.
The idea that we’ll be able to go back in time and make it harder for people to get digital information/media/anything is just wrong.
Media companies respect their customers or maybe not.
However, business schools seem to create an environment that rewards not making happy customers, not doing the ethical thing, not doing the thing that protects the environment down the road.
One of the great big problems on the web today is how to make money from publishing content (if your end goal is making money from content).
Pretty much exactly my answer when someone asks about pirating software.
Ars answers my earlier question.
So most of the products make sense to kill off they either never generated much traction or were already supposed to be cut.