Well fatgod I would have to kindly disagree with you. I believe that currently the music industry altogether is jacked. Record labels mean about zilch to me, and they seem to be getting a pretty hefty profit. I was on the fence for a very long time, not deciding one way or the other until Offspring decided to embrace d/ling mp3's. They were going to offer their entire album on their website for d/l for free as mp3. The cd would offer a bit more, but the music was free. What I want you to read here very clearly is "Offspring wanted to allow their fans to download the music that they created, that they spent their time and creativity on, that they (I believe) should have all rights to, for free.
Now Sony was their record label. Well sony got a bug up their a$$es and decided that they wouldn't see all kinds of money from this, and threatened OFFSPRING with a "we will drop you if you do that" threat. This of course led to a different approach from Offspring, and the allowance of d/l the entire album from their website was taken away.
This torqued me beyond anything.
Anyway, from that time forward, I felt/feel that until the artist can decide what is done with their very own music, I don't think anyone else has the right to choose either. Therefore, d/l mp3's over your favorite P2P is not only not wrong, but more right than what the he!! is going on between the artist and the label co.
As far as movies/software/pictures and whatever else is shared, those are different ballparks alltogether. However, since I have started, I will finish telling you how I feel on the rest of the "shared files".
If I were good buddies/neighbors with you, and I go over to your house and you pull out the new "Lord of the Rings" DVD, I should be able to watch it without having JRR Tolkien knockin at the door trying to take your DVD back. Ok, so you you decide to make a backup copy, just in case this gets destroyed, or to have to take with you and play on a laptop without a DVD drive, so you make an .avi copy on a separate CDR. Now a step further; let's say you allow me to borrow this movie indefinitely, take it home and watch it. Again, I should not have to worry about JRR Tolkien knockin on my door telling me to give back the movie. I think that d/ling a movie on P2P is no different.
Images belong to no one but the artist. There are certain images that should be seen by specific individuals (like Top Secret documents and such), but images are everyones. Artists again should have the ultimate control on this. If they wish to allow people to d/l their artwork, then it is their dicision, and their's alone.
This one is gray. I am not good on EULA's and Licenses, so I can only say what I think. If it's a shareware, freeware, GNU, or similar license, sharing it should not be any sort of an issue. If it's completely commercial, and has no shareware version of any sort, well then I guess this would be the ONLY thing I would say might be questionable on a P2P network. I will admit I was guilty of "procuring" these types of files, but in a losing defensive argument I will say that "those were back in me winbloze dayz", for the most part
Books available on P2P's lack something that actual books have. I will read a book on P2P, and if it's got a decent opening chapter or 2, I will get the physical copy and read it. I think it's fine to have this type of thing shared, and I actual encourage it.
Well that's about it as far as I can think of anyway.
Hope I don't start a holy war on file sharing.