FEAR ME RAWR
Songwriter X makes $100 off of sales of an album which I wouldn't have bought.If people don't want to pay for something they shouldn't have it, the fact that people don't feel like paying for something doesn't justify it's theft. People don't want to pay for anything, that doesn't make it OK to steal it. Downloading an album instead of buying it is no different then stealing money directly out of a musicians pocket.
I go and download it illegally. $100-$0 = $100. Egads, they still have the exact same profit.
Whether or not "more inclined" is enough more that they actualy would have bought a product is variable, though.Downloading hurts record sales, the obvious conclusion is that if people didn't have the option of easy theft they'd be more inclined to pay for it.
In fact, the inverse can apply. I never would have known about Al Stewart's music if I hadn't happened to have heard them from someone who download it. Yet now I've bought an album, have been tossing his name to any of my friends that seem like they'd be interested in that kind of music, and I plan to purchase any albums that come out in the future. None of which would have happened if not for... right.