Regarding my brother, he has recorded some of his songs but hasn't bothered putting them into CDs, since he can never find a complete band worth of people who will practice consistently. Your painting analogy is flawed, since you assume from the start that the original was stolen. Most uploads are from people who purchased sai "art". So your analogy doesn't back up your argument at al. All paper money is, in essence, counterfeit. It's just which printer has the "official" blessing. But that's an entirely different subject. So you told them you would pay them for a job and then didn't? So you lied (broke a contract) and kept the profit the workers helped earn you. Sounds like a record label. What does this have to do with downloading an album?