I live in Ukraine, which is poorer than any North African country and economically closer to India than Romania or Russia.
> Comparing artists to factories is obscene, what is the input exactly, food?
Goods. Any goods. You don't spend your salary on food only, do you? When the American workers were pissed off about the factory jobs going away to East Asia, they weren't crying about lack of food, because the food insecurity is not a problem in rich countries and even in poor countries it's not widespread, unless you are from Africa. If the American workers were concerned with food security only, they wouldn't need higher purchasing power, they would be satisfied with basic jobs in service sectors, but they are greedy, just like the people from 3rd world countries, they want to afford an apartment in one of the most popular countries in the world, they want food that went through countless production quality inspections, they want cars, phones, Internet, electronics, clothes, etc. Average American consumes a lot and doesn't notice that because he is used to it, he lives in the prosperous society where a Black low class worker in declining detroit has higher purchasing power than an average Ukrainian factory worker, when an individual fulfills his food requirements he doesn't settle on that, he wants more. So, why an American greedy bastard should get more by the fact of his existence, if another greedy bastard does the same
and consumes less?
>Exploitation is unjust no matter which way you turn it. And the benefit of the customers gained this way is also unjust. Paying rates firstworlders would starve for to third world artists is as unjust as paying third world factory workers comparably. And it does not constitute to better art.
There's no exploitation in paying free market prices, the price is not determined by monopolistic forces limiting your options but by the input costs multiplied by demand. By your logic, if only I could move to the US, I would automatically acquire a right to charge $100 for my work. So, I am, indeed, entitled to X amount of goods depending on the place where I was born? You propose to establish a restriction that would overhelmingly benefit the 1st world artists and harm the productive workers from poorer countries offering the same services?
Justice is when you produce as much as you consume. The American artists don't produce as much as they want to consume, they want to consume as much as an average 1st worlder does but they can't produce that amount because for once they have to face perfectly free market competition where 3rd worlds get comparative advantage. Consuming more because you were born in the US is not "just", we would face the same field leveling in the real world if only markets were working there as good as they do in the web.