My point is sustainable, it is at least consistent.
Your efforts of constantly showing it as simple as the writing a book-demanding money example are insufficient. It's just looking at the problem at a narrow angle, and it's, to me, being an ethical pussy.
You are claiming that our crusade against the big companies hurt the artists as well, huh? Oh, I am sorry to hear that but you are missing this : I am not hurting someone who has written a pathetic e-book and who tries to earn a few bucks by the help of a big company through that. Because he's not very popular in the first place. And as you might guess, unpopular information is uncommon on the internet. What's really common is "wildly popular" information. And most importantly, you can't claim that you should make money for your idea 25 years. You must be kidding me. So you would make millions of dollars because you come up with a mediocre idea under a grand company name? You can't do that. Get used to the idea.
Can't you really see the correlation between big companies (or super-famous artist, take Metallica-Napster conflict for example) and high download rates ?
We are really not hurting small business, because I (and a couple hundred million people who think like me) don't care about that work in the first place! A very few of us might be interested in your e-book (for which you've spent the last three years of your life) and that really won't hurt you. If you really get to be a famous guy and that your idea is really unique, then don't worry. You'll get your share. It'll just not be some imaginary number you are dreaming of. You'll get what you deserve.
I am still paying for books I like in the bookstore. I am just not paying for Metallica. They are already rich. And ironically, they are the biggest pussies in this world.
About that idea of reaching the artists and paying for them... That falls under the same terittory I've just described. If you are big enough to be taken care of a big-daddy company, your work will be ripped, shared and mercilessly freeloaded. Sorry about that. We are not killing you. You won't starve.
And that average guy won't be hit as much as you think. Try a rapidshare (or torrent) search on a very specific book. You can't reach it. IF you reach it, stop worrying.
Good luck with your absolute thinking. That doesn't help much in life. There are gray zones. Beware of that.