I was applauding him even though I am not a fan, but the previous companies cannot touch him as long as he doesn't try to release any albums they might have rights to, which obviously won't include any new music as long as he has no current recording contract. and he battered sony around the head a few years ago to get from under their contract so I doubt anyone can legislate against him. another thing you are forgetting, he is British and it is primarily the USA Recording Industry fighting the last battles before their death, ten years from now we will be looking back at the demise of the recording industry. the RIAA should be renamed 'CUSTER' acronym anyone? I do hope more Artists release free via the web and make money touring, I love live music and hate the chart crap.