Essentially, I find our current copyright system bullshit. Over 4 million dollars to legally create a GirlTalk song? Happy Birthday is illegal to sing at restaurants and businesses without a license? Any system that can be twisted in this way and have governments be "alright" with it is terrible.
As a music listener myself, downloading music has been my main source of finding and expanding my musical interests for years now. When I take an album from a friend to check out a new group, I don't feel like I'm stealing. I'm experiencing. Do I like this album? Do I like these lyrics? Would I spend money to support this artist's craft? Then I'll spend my hard earned money on their material. I'd gladly spend $25 on a quality band t-shirt than $15 for an album.
Maybe the artists need to make art for art's sake.