And hidden in that straw man is an assumption too; the assumption that someone who downloads a copyrighted work will never buy it. That is wrong! I never buy any popular media that I haven't previewed first. I also buy everything that I feel is worth the money (e.g., music that I would continue listening to, a movie that I would view again and again).

Why are downloading and paying regarded as mutually exclusive?

Score:3, Insightful