Originally Posted by SteveEisenberg
There wouldn't be anything hypocritical about being against book piracy, but for appropriating music and movies.
Musicians can make money at performances. Movies are better seen in theaters, at least in the view of many people. By contrast, authors have relatively few means to make money from their art other than book sales.
Not all musicians perform and most who perform are doing it to expose more people to their music so they buy their CDs. It is hard for musicians to make money off of performing alone.