I remember as a kid I had hundreds of tapes. About ninty percent of them were dubbed from someone else's tape so I laughed when the whole Napster thing happened. People talk as if music theft hasn't been rampant since the cassette format became common about 25 years ago. If it's caused anything it hasn't been the empoverishment of musicians. Musicians are making more money now than they ever have so Metallica can cry me a friggin river. As for the musicians that don't make it in the mainstream it isn't because the 5 global media empires that own basically all the record lables can't afford to pay them. The fact is that there is only so big a market for any given kind of music which is why being good doesn't necessarily get you anywhere. You need more than skill. Bribery or an uncle in the biz, that sort of thing.
I feel a little light headed... maybe you should drive...