The amount of distance people go to claim conspiracy / justify piracy really pisses me off some times. If labels were uncessary bands wouldn't use labels - its a simple as that. Once bands stop using labels, I'll completely agree labels are uncessary. Until then acting like they shouldn't be compenstated for the publishing/promotion work they do or that *you* get to decide how you want to consume *their* music is selfish. Sure it might make business smarts for the labels to embrace filesharing - that doesn't make it 'okay' to force them to do it. If you dislike how they conduct business, don't listen to the music they produce. I can't say "I think you are charing too much for this meal, so even though the bill says $30 I'm paying $20 and leaving". I should either pay the overpriced cost or not go to the resturant.
MegaUpload profited off illegal activities. I can't believe people are actually arguging they shouldn't have been shut down.