Does this fuck realize that half of the people who downloaded his shitty band's music probably ended up buying tickets and merch from him later on? And they probably never would have if they didn't download the music in the first place?
I don't really get how that validates anything. Assuming they still owe their record label money for the recording process, maybe tour advances, probably money on printing the shirts ... 1/2 of the people going to shows and buying merch probably doesn't translate to much in the first place. Let alone make it okay to just take their music. There's a bunch of analogies I could use ... but it's like buying the whip-cream on a stolen coffee and thinking you're good to go (since I'm drinking coffee at the moment).
My take, like always, is that it should the artist's choice. He's made his stance clear about his music. Cool. Other artists are fine with downloading. Download theirs. Don't listen to his. Or buy it if you want it. Should be his call, and fans should
respect that. I know they won't ... but I think they should.
Sidebar: The way he made his argument was awful. Just awful. Could have worded that way better, and actually gotten through to some people.