The most telling part of the article:
Fairly compensating musicians is not a problem that is up to governments and large corporations to solve.
However, even with that accounted for, I'm not sure what your point is. Nobody on this forum has ever suggested that's it's fine to never put money into the system. To my memory, there were three main piracy advocates on the forum, and our opinions were:
Allen: he puts so much more money than you into art (such as comics) that his piracy results in more cash for copyright holders than your legality. So if your concern is lost profits (as it seems to be in this article), his piracy should not concern you.
Me: the vast majority of piracy does not result in lost profits. So again, if your concern is lost profits, the vast majority of piracy should not concern you.
Charles: the myth of piracy harming the starving artist is bullshit, and even accounting for that, an artist (his example was Kafka) isn't ethically due total control over his art. If your concern is lost profits, your concerns are with the commodification of art, not the support of artists.
Your response here, to all three, is: "but I'm concerned about lost profits!"
"The average income of a musician that files taxes is something like 35k a year w/o benefits. The vast majority of artists do not make significant money on the road. Until recently, most touring activity was a money losing operation. The idea was the artists would make up the loss through recorded music sales. This has been reversed by the financial logic of file-sharing and streaming. You now tour to support making albums if you are very, very lucky. Otherwise, you pay for making albums out of your own pocket. Only the very top tier of musicians make ANY money on the road. And only the 1% of the 1% makes significant money on the road. (For now.)"
Interestingly enough, I seem to remember someone on the previous piracy thread saying that the problem with piracy was that it's forced... forced!... the poor record companies to start taking a bite out of the sweet, sweet touring money that used to be the struggling musician's sole source of income. Weird how piracy can both hurt that sweet touring dollar, and
force artists to rely on that meager touring dollar at the same time.
Either way though, I'd be interested to know where the author is getting the notion that "until recently, most touring activity was a money losing operation." I suspect this means "until recently, most touring activity was a money losing operation for the record company."
Fighting anecdote fire with anecdote fire here, but I've never known a professional musician who didn't earn the lion's share of their income from touring.