Piracy is alive since old times when people record songs from the radio and exchanges made (home taping).
So, since some years is a benefit download stuff by many reasons because many artists say this in each interview I've read or seen.
- Some people listen or see your stuff and if they like them buy it, on the contrary some selfish people don't buy nothing, but too some people don't have money by many good reasons.
- Some stuff are in high prices and not are easy find them because are limited or out of print (hard collectors).
- Not all music, movies or wathever are available in social networks in good quality.
- Artists (music) gain more in concerts than physical material.
In my opinion is a good thing because you can discover lots of new music, movies, etc. I download stuff, but since some years I buy from eBay or online sites from my country.
@GrandMaster Smith share is when you pay for something and if you 'rip' this and if you don't make money is not piracy.