The US Military has taken an oath as do all Police, Fed's etc. to defend us against all enemies foreign and Domestic. What has gotten lost here is the definition of Domestic. Domestic enemy is by definition the government if it acts in such a manner as to disregard the Constitution. But the government is slowly trying to make Domestic mean domestic terrorism, among many other things.
I am sorry but anyone who thinks NOT giving something for free is good marketing will soon if not already have their business model going bye bye. I started my own website a couple of years ago, sports related, There are literally hundreds of sports type websites that were out there way before me. Every year visitors to my site have grown, why?
1. Marketing- Gave away a free e-book on the intricacy's of sports card collecting. Learning SEO, which has gotten me listed in bing/google/yahoo top ten searches for some key words. All of this marketing if done yourself can cost you nothing.
-- my point is Artists need to learn how to market themselves. And that's the point I think Mike is making. Learn how to market and your profits will be better.
-- How? create a website (domain-$12/year, Host-$30-$50/month) Have contests for fans, chances to win merchandise,concert tickets etc.
-- With new small recording studios I've seen that charge small fee's(like here, local casino has one and for as little as a few hundred dollars you can use it for i think 1-2 hours)
-- Yes big studios offer more and market for you but they also take much of your money,
-- Do it yourself, Promote yourself, Release your content(music) as you see fit. Maybe 1 song free to everyone from your new album, downloadable from your site.
-- You will never get rid of Piracy its the same argument for gun control, gun laws only harm legal gun owners cause you can't keep criminals from getting guns and you can't keep people from pirating content as long as the content is out there somewhere, its a battle that can't be one so