First "new" music was invented and lots of people want it. There's tape, there's lp and there's cd. Everybody buys. There is no copy unit , except for tape decks. So blank tapes get an extra tax. Tapes suck however , but are sure nice for holidays and background music.
Record companies never complained because tapes suck anyway.
Then there's the cd-writer. Everyone can copy cd's with such ease , it's almost impossible to believe. People copied tapes for 20 years so they are in the assumption they can do this too.
Record companies are pissed off. Lots of protections and other stuff to make customers angry.When people get angry , they get rebellious and inventive. It doesn't take long before almost every protection man could invent , was cracked by other men. We shouldn't copy stuff, but we still think like we used to , when we had tape decks.
MP3 : "So this is the same music ,but it's five times smaller ?" , "Yup" , "W00T ! That means i can download everything. Even on dialup" , "Yup". And people still think like they used to when they had tape decks.
P2P : Same as MP3 , but now there's a huge list of links. No real changes , just a cute technique to share everything with anybody.
And people still think like they used to when they had tape decks.
Currently the record companies blame us for copying their music.
Sure , blame us. You didn't blame us when we were using tapes and vhs , becuase both formats suck. But now you're complaining to almost the same generation. We still think like we have tape decks. It's just been easier for us along the way. Guess what ? It's too late to change us now. You should have done that 15 years ago.
I blame the tape deck