I think there is an obvious problem here. That is that writing a book, making musics, and writing a program all take time. The question is, do you get paid for you time, or the results of your time? In capatalism, we get paid based on our results (even if it is an hourly wage). In this way, filesharing is stealing money from the people who provide these ideas. The issue at hand is not about 'stealing ideas' (which I agree should be free), but rewarding someone who has put work into that which you are copying. Yes they are generally over-rewarded, but why should you depend on other people to reward them, and then leech the benefits yourself? Now I think another good and possibly more relevant question is, why do people steal it? I think it is due to 2 main reasons: convience and expense. One should note the relative success of online individual song purchases. These are relatively cheap, and very convienent. So I guess I have 3 question for everybody: What are filesharers stealing? Why are they? How should artists/developers be paid?