January 16, 2002
Online shareware: does anyone pay?
Author: JT Smith
NewsFactor Network writes "Despite its reliance primarily on the honor system to stay afloat, the plethora of programs for PCs and Macs known as shareware -- software that is free for download but requires users to pay a registration fee if they decide to keep it -- continues to grow. Users can visit file transfer protocol (FTP) and other file-sharing sites to download the software from small and independent developers -- but does anyone actually pay for the programs they keep and use?"