How have I become some kind of self-proclaimed "anti-piracy" activist? that's absurd. I'm an independent musician and run a music social networking which promotes free music and fair play for artists by paying them via an ad-funded model. I'm not sure where the connection with anti-piracy comes in?
I believe that the idea of the a2f2a is to bring people together to better understand each other's points of view.
I happen to agree with the comment made above here in the Techdirt article. Musician's have to act as entrepreneurs. However, the exploitation of music by websites means that people are 'using' music. They are hearing it. They are enjoying it and the nature of the web means that more people can access music. Free music is a great thing; I've been an advocate for that. I just don't believe in sites, networks, ISPs and telecoms that exploit music and film for a profit without compensating the creative people.