I was on vacation so I'm late to this party. Here's my 2 cents:
|is piracy good for the music industry?|
Absolutely not. But in my mind that is not a bad thing.
The music industry (and the entertainment industry in general) is over bloated, over paid, and in general a prime example of an industry we don't need.
If it wouldn't put tons of people out of work, I would be happy to shut down the entire music/television/movie industries. They're completely worthless.
(EDIT: And in fact... internet piracy is probably the best way to gently put these worthless industries out of business. Rather than a sudden collapse which would be devastating... as piracy becomes more and more common, the industries will gradually become less and less relevant and will go out of business on their own /EDIT)
Good music is art. Good film is art.
Art is about interpersonal contact (or intrapersonal contact). It is the antithesis of a business. Businesses are about making money -- and art should not be about making money -- it should be about expressing yourself and/or helping other people express themselves.
Art makes people happier, it makes people more creative, and it generally makes society and life better as a whole. It should be available to everyone, not just those who can pay for it. Limiting access to it to only those who can pay is unfair.
Artists should be government funded (this is working well in some European countries like Germany). We should encourage them to create for creation's sake, rather than have them create to try and make a profit.
So while internet music piracy may not be great for the entertainment industry -- it is great for everyone else. Which, to me, is another clear sign that we simply do not need the entertainment industry. At all.
| is it good for the economy?|
Not directly, no. But again... art should not be part of the economy. At least not in the way this question suggests.
|or is it just bad in general,|
I think it's great.
|i mean if it's really bad then why do they allow people to share movie files and songs and games on the internet? |
It's extremely hard to stop.
Remember when Metallica (*makes hand jerk-off motion in a mocking way*)
tried to shut down Napster because it was the big file sharing program at the time? Well, Napster eventually got shut down (and replaced with an iTunes-style online music store) -- but 3+ other programs popped up to replace it. I remember iMesh, Mopheus, and KaZaA in particular, but there were others.
And when those collapsed, others replaced them.
Now the current means to pirate is through torrents. And those are even harder to stop because they're decentralized. And even if torrents are successfully stopped, you can bet money something else will pop up to fill the gaps.
The public (or at least the internet community) has spoken. They want internet piracy. It's widely believed to be a worthwhile thing.