What are you talking about? Free markets are irrelevant when it comes to copyrights. Copyrights create a monopoly over a piece of work. That's what they do. That's how they're defined. Even without the RIAA or any middlemen, if copyrights work at all, there is no competition for a particular piece of art. The artist gets to set whatever price they want. People can choose if they want to buy it. Even if you're arguing that by forming an alliance, the RIAA controls too much art, I don't see how this is a big deal. IT'S ART. IT'S OPTIONAL. If you don't want to pay what the artists are asking, don't. Find something else you like or make your own.