I don't know if you still accept questions here, but I hope danielsangeo will bundle this one with the rest. It's a longer one, but I think you'll find the subject interesting.
When it comes to licensed software, what's your take on the following payment models different retailers are offering nowadays (?):
1. You buy the product for single sum and therefore you'll be entitled to use it as much as you desire, both private and commercially. If you throughout the years want a later version you once again pay for the product, or as in most cases a simple upgrade fee.
2. The retailer, for instance Adobe, offers a monthly subscription to their products. This monthly amount is low, basically only a small fraction of what the product would cost as the previous alternative (could still be about... let's say $25), but in the long run it will eventually surpass the one-time-payment charge.
First alternative isn't so much of a discussion, but rather the traditional business model to be compared with. The second, however, is more of game changer, I believe. For a small business or a private amateur the monthly subscription fee can be a huge expense. For someone who's not able to use the software on a daily basis due to other weekday obligations it might not even be an actual option. Could this model incentivize piracy? What do you think could happen if the retailer goes bankrupt?
I guess this matter could be applied on buying/owning vs. pay for streaming media, such as music, movies/series and games. Maybe that's a topic for another time though.