I'm a professional musician. Consider the following scenario:
Your 12-year-old daughter comes home from school one day and tells you she wants to play the violin in the school orchestra.
Okay - So you take her down to the local music shop, where you rent a student-model violin for about $250 per semester, while she receives training in basic music skills and beginner violin lessons at her school.
After about a year, as her enthusiasm grows and her skills progress, her teacher at school tells you that she has progressed to the point where she needs to take lessons from a real violin teacher, if she is to continue.
You find a local teacher, who charges about $60 an hour for lessons.
After a few months, her teacher tells you that rental violin is "holding her back" and she needs to upgrade to a more serious instrument -- for about $5,000 (including a bow and case).
Now well on her way - she becomes involved in many out-of-school activities, as well as eight-week, out-of-state summer music camps and workshops - all costing about $2,000.
As she prepares to graduate high-school, she auditions for - and is accepted by - a prestigious music conservatory, which may (or may not) offer some scholarship assistance, but still costs about $20,000 per year with tuition, expenses, etc.
As your daughter begins to establish herself, it's time to upgrade from that second violin, to one of a more professional caliber -- entry level at about $17,000 - plus a good bow for about another $3,500 or so.
Finally, your wonderful and talented daughter - in whom you have invested ten years of serious time and money (and why not ? she's your child, right?) - graduates and begins to make her way in the professional world.
She forms a small group with a few of her young colleagues, and - after investing their time, as well as their own money - they achieve some success and produce their first CD of edgy classical-indie music which receives excellent reviews as it goes on sale.
And then --
I go onto the internet and download (aka "steal) it from a "music-sharing" website for free.
That's a real-life scenario.
A friend of mine told me that he had given a few copies of his new CD to some of his relatives. When he asked them what they thought, they told him - "I really loved it. In fact I liked it so much, I made copies to give to all my friends."