I've been thinking lately about the MPAA shutting down alot of websites, and similar goings on with the music industry.
I was pondering whether filesharing of copyrighted material could ever be justified. On one hand I have a life time of upbringing telling me that anything you create you have the exclusive right to sell for a profit, this is probably one of the most important aspects of our culture now I think about it.
On the other hand I have my gut feeling which says that no matter how hard you try if someone is involved in a creative processes with the aim in mind of making money (even if it is only in part), then it takes something away from the artistic creation. In all of this I dont think anyone has considered that maybe you shouldn't have the exclusive right to sell something you create. I think you should certainly always be credit for your work, and you should be able to stop others from making money from your work.
In the end I think I feel a comprimise is probably best, a low quality (reduce resolution picture, video or reduced bitrate sound for example) version could be provided for free (or at the cost of the production). Where as a significantly higher quality version, or being able to see it earlier (ie at the cinema) could be provided at a price.
I recognise not everyone is going to share my views, but I think this is the first time I've found my views severly differing from modern culture. I was wondering what everyone elses view on this was, and do you find yourself usually agreeing or disagreeing with modern culture?