Originally Posted by BacteriumFendYoke
The big difference with King Crimson is that they have their own label - Discipline Global Mobile. That money goes directly back to the artist rather than some indefinable pit.
It's not up to the 'fans' to decide who is most or least eligible to tolerate illegal downloads. If a band has their own label or not, they still make nothing if a track is downloaded or distributed that should have been paid for.
If an artist specifically says they want their stuff distributed for free, I suppose that's their prerogative. I fail to see what if anything that accomplishes. Perhaps it generates interest in paying for a concert ticket, but it certainly doesn't generate music sales.