I understand the absolute need for recording artists to receive royalties for their music. Great R&B singer Ruth Brown is one who fought for this for most of her life, and who ultimately won that battle. In fact, the ability for Congress to protect copyright is written into the original US Constitution.
It's the pernicious abuse of that artists' right by music companies (via DRM) with which I find fault. Here's more today from Washington Post columnist Rob Pegoraro:
... the debate over whether technology can curb illegal file sharing has come back to life. That's good. But in the process, a lot of old myths are resurfacing - and believing them will stop you from understanding the deeper problems with the digital-media market.all of the article: Time to Face The Music on File Sharing