An October 30 article in the Wall Street Journal [subscription required] regarding the extent to which pirated CDs sold on the Internet unjustly harm artists and record labels is well worth reading. Here's the beginning:
"Even in the digital era there are plenty of music fans who still buy old-fashioned compact discs for more than $10 a pop. But the money that shoppers have been spending on CDs lately hasn’t necessarily been going to the artists and record labels who created the music.
In the latest challenge for the battered music industry, pirates are flooding Amazon.com Inc. and other online retailers with counterfeit CDs that often cost nearly as much as the official versions and increasingly are difficult to distinguish from the real goods."
More needs to be done to stop, or at least greatly reduce, such piracy.