This is perhaps one of the most grappled with issues of the new age that the Internet introduced. Is sharing music illegal, and to what degree?
A popular notion seems to be that if the person who copies the music would not have bought it anyways, then the theft is fine, because the person who was stolen from does not lose out. But what if, after hearing one song, the thief wants more, because he likes the music? Say that he decides to, instead of purchasing it, just steal the rest, because he could do so with the first song, and because it’s free? I believe that this is an ethical dilemma, because the person who created the music deserves to be compensated for such, whether or not the people who take the music end up buying it. It’s not different than someone who works for a company. They don’t want their effort to go to waste without getting a paycheck/salary of some sort, correct? So then why should someone who spends their time, effort, and money to make music get nothing in return?