“I think this is the biggest accolade you can be given because it means your fans have gone out and bought your records. And that’s why we make records – for our public.” – Sir Elton John, 3/16/1999 at the launch of the RIAA® Diamond® Award
Your fans will continue to buy your records as long as you are good enough! You can easily be replaced by local artists who are better and free. Oh, and Sir Elton, you have never written an album “for our public.” You have only written albums for “your pockets,” just like every artist who is governed by New York, Los Angeles, and the Nashville morons. Groups that write albums “for our public” don’t join hands with the RIAA and tend to put their music out there for free. You and the RIAA need to learn the definition of piracy and pirates. Piracy is to steal cargo at the high seas, I don’t know who you all think you are, but your cargo isn’t worthy of any of the seas, maybe a retention pond holding raw sewage.
If people want to share the music they have purchased, then so be it. Remember, if your music is “good enough,” people are going to buy the CDs no matter what. The idiots who distribute music without sharing (note I didn’t call them pirates) or not purchasing only make up a small percentage of the people SHARING music. If I bought it, I own it, and I can do whatever the hell I want with it. I hope that New York teen tears you apart in the courts!