Originally Posted by Yukipyon
Yes, I am aware that musicians do not get 100% of the money made from the sales of their songs and albums, but does that mean it's suddenly okay to not pay them for their works? They spend their time making those songs and selling them on online stores, charging a pretty damn fair price for them. Android app developers don't get 100% of the money made from app sales either. Does that mean pirating apps is okay too?
The point is, these artists and developers spend their precious time making these products to try and sell them, and perhaps make it big. They're doing it for business, not for charity. Just because the CEO of MU is a musician doesn't really justify all of MU's criminal charges.
The point is, most musicians don't care if you pirate their work, they care if you listen to it. If an upstart musician's album is uploaded to a file sharing network and a bunch of people download it, it's basically free publicity without the middleman of a label. Someone will hear it, if they really like it, they might blog about it and even more people will be made aware of the musician's and before you know it that musician will have a ton more fans who will go to his live shows and buy his merchandise. He'll be making money directly, not just feeding off of the leftover scraps from labels.
The only people complaining about piracy on file sharing websites like MU are gigantic record labels like UMG who've probably made more money in the past week than you'll make in a lifetime. They're not artists, they're corporate business men. They're just looking to absolutely maximize their profits and they think that stomping out website like MU is the road to achieving that.
Also, you might want to take a look at these:
Swedish Study Shows File Sharing And Music Buying Go Hand-In-Hand | Techdirt
Movie industry buries report proving pirates are great consumers | Geek.com
EDIT: Also, the American anime industry is dying because it's largely ran by incompetent ****balls and really the age of anime being huge in America is just over. But that's for another thread.