Talk:Essay:Is File-sharing a Moral Action?
I believe there's a flaw in the argument that the Great Happiness principle would tend to support the P2P users and the philosophy of "free information." Specifically, one must consider that there is a considerable time investment involved in the creation of most works of an original nature. It is reasonable to infer that the loss of monetary incentive will result in a decrease in the production of such works; artists have to eat like anyone else, and if they can't make significant money practicing their art, they will have to devote more time to other pursuits. This results in a net loss of choices, and as such, a net loss of overall happiness for the many.
While it may be argued that the financial impact on creators is minimal, I believe that this argument, too, has flaws. Specifically:
- 1. While major recording releases and films may not feel the impact of file sharing significantly, not all artists are major recording artists or movie stars. For the majority of musicians, authors, and similar creatively-inclined individuals, the profitability of their work is an uncertain thing at best, and the margin of profit is much smaller. Any loss of sales to file sharing may result in the difference between a financially viable product and a net loss for such individuals.
- 2. Financial impact on some creators may be minimal right now; however, it's significantly higher than it was, say, ten years ago. If the technology to facilitate such sharing continues to advance, and such sharing continues to grow in popularity, the financial impact will likewise grow.
--Benp 19:22, 19 May 2008 (EDT)
The points you make are valid, but for many a majority of the artists that lose funds to file sharing, the profit margin is in no danger. Most indie artists (for lack of a better term, what I mean to say is lesser known artists) are not available on most file sharing networks, and if a fan has a passion for their music, chances are the fan is going to buy the album. As for the movie industry, a large majority of producers are in no danger of losing their profits. -- Aaronp