Craven de Kere wrote:
Making a copy of music can derive the merchant of a potential sale but it does not remove the ability to sell it as it's copied.
I'm not sure I follow you there. Are you saying that even thought it's being copied, songs can still be sold since it's not a physical good or are you saying that record companies can regulate their sales by charging people to download songs?
There needs to be trust between the vendor and their customers. Just like the owner of a gas station trusts that you'll pay for your gas when you're through pumping, record labels and their artists trust that their customers will pay for songs when they download them. That's why if you download a song off the internet that's copyrighted without paying for it, that's similar to going to a gas pump, pumping a gallon of gas and leaving without paying.