The music industry is going through changes due to downloads. This means artists and songwriters are not making a proper income from their work.
When Adele released her newest album she refused to allow it to be downloaded. You have to buy the cd to listen to her music.
Not all songwriters or other writers are as successful as Adele. That is why copyright and other means are used so that they can be paid for their work. When you buy a plate from a potter you pay for their work. The same should be true for any artist. A work of art is a craft and the artist deserves to be paid for their work.
John O Brien.