Please do not misjudge me, I do not promote stealing money from hard-working music and entertainment professionals, nor do I deny that file sharing is “wrong” in the moral and legal senses of the word. I do not condone it in certain circumstances, and I am aware that “free” does not come without a price for someone. However, I also believe that file sharing is “right” in many aspects that have not yet been tapped by the corporate world. The instantaneousness, community, and exposure are just a few of those aspects that could help musicians and entertainers become more successful that they ever have before, but unless there is a change of tune those possibilities will never see fruition. Many ongoing arguments in this controversy are not towards a better understanding, they are simply barriers that shut out possible solutions. I hope that this argument will help to find a solution, rather than become yet another dead-end in the world of music piracy debate.
Sincerely and with respect,
Thea J. Cooke