The problem is that the muscician is the one who benefits from the concerts as opposed to the music companies. A cd however costs pennies to make and yet they charge as much as they can making large amounts in the process.
"As one executive suggested, that meant that (at least in a market dominated by a few huge distributors) releasing fewer titles could yield higher profits—and, indeed, the number of titles released in the following two years dropped back to mid-decade levels."
It is obvious that thepeople suffering most from piracy are the ones who benefit most from doing the least.
It really is a sad state of affairs when you see the government bowing down to big biz.