The Rationalization of File Sharing

By Deane Barker on October 6, 2003

Where Nobody Knows You’re a Music Thief: This harkens back to a post I made a month or so ago. I think everyone knows that sharing copyrighted files is illegal, but we’re so good at pretending it’s not.

“What’s remarkable about the controversy over music sharing is not how many people are involved — although the number is certainly large — but rather their fervent rationalizing. Internet music sharers, and their defenders, have variously argued that the music industry is evil, that CD’s are too expensive and that record companies have brought this upon themselves by failing to offer their wares online.”