In the immense clutter and saturation of our entertainment society, the perspective of a recording artist realistically should consist something along these lines: An artist's music is a commercial for their products. Their products are merchandise and concert tickets. In the event of someone "stealing" their music, this person has NOT wronged the artist, they have potentially helped them. This person has now been exposed to their commercial and may react to it by buying some product. In short, the artist should be so lucky as to have somebody "steal" their music. Its a great way to sell T-shirts and tickets. A worthwhile note: Artists make far more of a percentage on merchandise and touring income, so it is really not an issue of stealing from the artists as much as it is stealing from the labels, and that is an economic issue, not a issue of artists' rights.
FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle #539814-00546
FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle