I think it is a difficult situation, because it all depends on how you define the terms copyright, transmission, transmission of data, among others.
First and formost any copy derived from a mastered original is a violation of copyright, as I know it. However, if a person makes a copy for himself and himself only, then pursuits against the individual are rarely ever (read - not existant) pursued. It is in the situation that the individual makes a copy and that copy is distributed, via any means, where pursuits are taken.
There is a big difference between sound biting a song, to gain listener interest to have them to purchase a CD, and copying the entire song, then album(s) which circumvents the market.
I understand the entrepreneurs (bands and companies) not liking the circumvention of the market, because anyone who has downloaded, kept, and/or transferred it to someone has, in effect, stolen from the originators. And, this action is punishable by lawsuit and/or jail time.
However, I can also appreciate the consumer aspect of the market. Most consumers only want one particular song or a small assortment of songs, not necessarily the entire album.
Someone in the music industry needs to find a way to sell invidual songs at a resonable price with encoded, encrypted mechanisms that prevent copiing of the distributed material. Taking these steps would satisfy both parties, distribution would still be possible via the net, and their distributed songs could be protected. Unfortunately, industry and laws do not keep up the the advancement in technology, so someone somewhere is always going to violate someone's copyright on material.
Gold-86SE (Fiero Collector)