Re: Internet piracy
Not voting on the poll since it's worded to make piracy seem like a good thing. I don't think you understand. Listening to the song on YouTube gives it a view and if there's an ad that plays then the artist is going to make something from that, given it's the artists channel of course and not someone that uploaded it just for gigglyshits.
It's best to put yourself in their shoes. Imagine if you wrote an awesome song and everybody loves it, it's getting lots of attention and a studio just picked it up, they're going to make you famous as you finish an album. However, a bunch of little jerks decided to spread your stuff around on torrents and now people don't even visit your YouTube page anymore. It's over before it began because you didn't make any money off it. You're screwed and it's time to go back to your 9 to 5 job.
True, this would only happen in a world where no one cared about concerts and so forth, you'd still make some serious cash if you started to perform live. However, if we just let piracy go unchecked then that could happen.
Now, imagine a world where artists stopped making songs, movies weren't being made and so forth simply because all the money was sucked out of the industry by piracy. Not that it's likely to happen, but still, just imagine it...wouldn't you feel pretty awful? Not only that, now the entertainment industry is gone, what the hell are you gonna' do now? Enjoy sitting in an empty theater eating popcorn and wishing something would just freaking play on the screen.