For every copy of Dave Matthews Band’s CD “Busted Stuff” that was sold, that is money that the RIAA would NOT have earned if Napster didn’t exist.
Those songs on that CD comes from the Lillywhite sessions. These were scrapped, and eventually they leaked out onto Napster. The people liked it, and the songs were polished up a little and released as Busted Stuff.
Had Napster not existed, the CD wouldn’t exist, and nor would the money.
If the RIAA had any brains, they would intentionally release unreleased material on networks, check out the response, and publish it! Firstly, though, you have to make sure that the consumer is not going to be afraid to download these songs, otherwise you’re screwed, and I think they’ve reached that point with many people…