"The software so developed came to be known as proprietary
software. The rights for development, debugging, improvement and
distribution were reserved with the developers. So the development
company would hire the best brains it could get and develop or
maintain its software. The improvements carried out were released
as different versions that were named/numbered accordingly. Mergers
and acquisitions were also common and in some cases were part of
expansion and improvement policy.
"If you are a capitalist (like me) all this will seem very
normal and productive to you..."
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