I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Most bands want their music heard whether it’s legal or not. Applying that logic to this situation brings about a not-so-surprising revelation. Regardless of what they claim, the RIAA is not sueing to protect artists rights, their sueing because more illegal downloading means they make less money. It’s not about rights, it’s about greed. They want extremely hugely massive amounts of money and refuse to settle for just hugely massive.
Similar logic applies to movies. Good doctors don’t get paid millions per cure, so why should good actors get paid millions per movie? It’s one thing to get paid alot because you’re a good actor, but when alot is several million per movie, that’s greed. If actors weren’t so overpaid, movie pirating would be less of a problem. Having said that, does paying for all this legal action and drm and everything actually help them make more, or just spend more? When new DVD protection comes out, cracks are out within days, so why bother? As the saying goes: if you can’t beat them, join them.