I think what a lot of people forget is most of the great works of civilization weren't created with money in mind, but simply for the love of their art. If any of the indie bands I knew (personally) were in it for the money, they'd be in a different line of work. Most of them ARE in a different line of work, at least one makes six figures writing banking software. Besides which, even if you broke into a store and stole a bunch of albums the only people you'd hurt would be the label executives, which nobody should actually care about because they're parasites on the industry.
And then you take a look at websites like bandcamp which have many free albums you can optionally pay for, or any of the indie bundles on steam where the product is supplied for free or nearly so but people just throw money at them because they're good. Copyright by no means ensures profit and allowing people to download for free by no means excludes it because if 1,000 people download your song and one person sends you $5 for it, you've just made $5.
Copyright is a century old concept, its methodology is outdated. Its usefulness was to prevent more powerful people from stealing an idea and profiting off it while the original author lacks the power of distribution, but now EVERYONE has the power of distribution. Music piracy at the moment is far more profitable due to the sheer publicity it generates for the artists than it is lossy from the lost revenue. That's not to say copyright is useless as a legal construct, as it protects proper attribution, but to enforce it as rigidly as the RIAA would like is simply lunacy.
The fact is with digital distribution, CDs are fairly useless. The RIAA is running scared, trying to milk every cent they can out of their existing artists, because there's little to no reason for a new artist to sign up with them.
Also,if this trend of the US attempting to implement a police state on the internet and Switzerland saying lolno continues, the entirety of the internet might end up located in Switzerland.