P2P file sharing is growing a more and more important issue on both national and international arena. And its significance is, among other things, caused by the interdisciplinary of the problem. The issue is important in terms of ethics, law, informational technologies, and basic constitutional freedoms and in a number of other fields. As the number of P2P networks is growing, the issue is also gaining its significance. And it is not a pure legal formality, as it may seem to some of P2P users. Digital content, illegally shared through such networks causes losses to content developers and publishers. This stands for killing the motivation of content developers to work on development of new content.
Why make an effort if everything will be stolen anyway. And P2P sharing works not only in the third world country and not only among the people who cannot afford buying the content. We are looking at a much wider picture. If somebody else is getting it for free, every P2P user gets to believe, that it is normal not to pay for the content and that it should all be in public domain (Depoorter, et al, 2012). A full-time philosophy is built around this assumption. Even those who would not normally mind paying, with P2P networks within a mouse click reach are not willing to pay any more. This is a challenge particularly for the people of art. In order to be a good artist it is essential not to be busy with much work. And this becomes possible if an artist is well-paid.
But with P2P networks in the play, the artist may soon have to look for additional money earning opportunities, since the content they produce is not sold any more. This puts at a risk the diversity and the multitude of software, as software developers are not motivated either to develop their content for P2P networks, while defending it from P2P is not an easy thing, both from legal and technological points of view.