As per Neo’s suggestion I’ve created this topic to discuss the moral (not legal or technical) issues of PtP and PtD
[ original post is here: Legal ramifications for PtD (Pay the Developer) feature in the SAFE protocol ]
Let’s consider child porn as an example.
Moral consideration for farmers IMO:
A farmer may host (and hence is paid to host) a fragment of an encrypted bit of child porn. Is this a moral issue? I think not as the porn itself (even if you hosted the full file) is ‘history’ and history good or bad isn’t in and of itself causing harm in any direct fashion. Farmers are not producers in any case. Hence morally speaking hosting child porn seems (to my mind) morally ambiguous.
Moral consideration for PtP and PtD:
A producer of child porn or a developer of an app that displays/serves child porn is being paid by the network for their efforts in creating such content. This would be considered by many potential users as a contract between those that support the network (and I use the term ‘support’ loosely to imply all kinds of support - including moral support) and the producers of the networks content - in this example child porn.
So as regards the moral consideration for a user of the network I can only speak for myself, but if, I as a potential user, know that the network will pay producers of child porn … and not merely act as a host for some bits of it; then I, and I suspect many users, may think thrice about using such a network.
This, as a moral argument is not FUD – this is honest truth about what PtP and PtD represents to many people on a moral level - we are being asked to support things that we do not like. And for many of us, this is fundamentally wrong and disrespectful of our feelings/morals. Disrespect of the individual and individual opinion.
The more I understand about the consequences of PtP and PtD … the more I think I will not be able to support the network if it goes live with these features and that makes me quite sad.