Since I haven't figured out threading on this forum. I did want to make a small statement about this:
"When people, in general, respect the quality of music that's put out they'll more likely buy it. If there's less perceived value to it then they'll be tempted to take it. (Like REM vs. Christina Aguilera.)
This is specious logic in effect. If people like something (perceive that it has value) and will purchase it? Then wouldn't refusing the content and telling the author, send a clearer message about "less perceived value" than simply copying it. By copying something of a "less perceived value", and keeping it , isn't one saying that in actuality it does have enough value? Is it any wonder the battle has gotten ugly.