Originally Posted by Dillster
We had a lecture in school before the summer break. I don't remember much of it because it was end of term and if I could have been any less interested, I would have tried my best. But I do remember the lecturer talking about Cloud stuff and he mentioned that the biggest attraction of it for software companies is that it will kill off piracy of their software. He said that at first, prices to use products in Cloud will probably be fairly reasonable, at least until they have it all sown up. Then prices will go up once the majority of users sign up to Cloud to be able to use the latest versions of software like for instance Adobe Suite.
I don't know who the lecturer was, but in the context of DCC the prevention of piracy is probably at the very bottom of the priorities of going cloud based.
The possibilities of cutting down a lot of ancestral distribution organisms, third parties, middle men and the ability to offer and reconfigure an eco-system, and not just stand-alone pieces of software, is the big financially attractive point.
Think appstore/google play for Maya/MAX/Soft plugins with AD getting a cut and distribution (pseudo) democracy before you think getting a bunch of students to pay for the licenses of something they downloaded.