You didn't bother reading the tread, did you?
I don't feel guilty using P2P programs. So the artist makes $7,000,000 instead of $9,000,000.
Again, whenever a new record is going to be released, the recording company will spend at least 100,000 EUR, if not 150,000 Euro on it. To cover those expenses the company has to sell some 30,000 to 40,000 records. With 40,000 records sold, this very album would hit the top 10 if not the top 5. Since this is extremly unlikely, the company has to transfer money that comes from successful albums to sponsor the work of lesser known artists.
In other words: If you steal a record by Bruce Springsteen, it won't hurt Springsteen but the talented newcomers because recording companies, thanks to Napster & Co, are extremly reluctant to support new acts. Is that hard to grasp?
Now let's assume you play in a band of four talented but (relatively) unknown musicians. Your first (or 2nd or 3rd) album hits the street and becomes a great success: You sell 40,000 albums. That translates into some EUR 52,000 for all of you musicians together
. You get EUR 13,000 incl tax. Not 9,000,000 nor 7,000,000. The profit of the recording company: +/- 0. Now, thats a lot, right? You only need to publish three very successful recordings each year to make a decent living.
That's right: It isn't worth it, and tha'ts why many musicians simply give up and "disappear" in offices. Many of them would make it if it wasn't for Napster. And remember: Even if you steal Springteen's music, it hits newcomer harder than Springsteen himself (who made his money in the 70ies and 80ies btw).
They still have more money than the know what to do with. They don't need 2 extra diamond and gold crusted Bentleys. :p
I'm from Berlin. Universal Music is here and they fire people because they can't pay them. How many of those receiving pink slips do you think drove Bentleys?
Than there is Germany's biggest record store here in Berlin as well. They close for good this month. Guess why and guess how many of them drove those ominous gold crusted Bentleys.
Now and then I write books. Two of my books hit the top five/ten ranking of amazon.de and stayed there over weeks if not months. German weekly "Die Zeit" listed one of my books, so did another weekly called "Focus". You don't think I'm rich, do you? I'm telling you that to stress that it is extremly hard to make a living from being an author, musician or painter.
Plenty of people don't have a computer or dont know how to download and burn music. They will buy the CDs.
Yeah, let other people pay your bill.
As I said before: Those stealing music are extremly egoistic.
The play by a different set of rules than other industries.
And that is? Worse than stealing? How does that make your stealing right? Are you positive the food industry is so much better? The tobacco industry, car manufacturers, beauty industry .. you name it. Let's steal all their products. Did you steal records at your local store before Napster was invented because the recording industry "plays by a different set of rules" - whatever that may be?