To complete my Torrentfreak link-fest today, here is a very fine article about the benefits to society of file sharing.
We've talked about this here quite a bit, of course, but there were even some things I hadn't thought of. For example, people in Saudi Arabia who don't have access to cinemas, can still get access to the global culture. Surely this is a good thing.
They also talk about old ladies on fixed incomes who can't afford to purchase entertainment, and as a result are a little less lonely. I think Tom Cruise can afford that, too.