Same goes for shoplifting a CD, or any other piece of merchanise, no? A CD costs less than a lithograph to produce (a litho is actually not very cheap at all). So, it is OK to steal if it doesn't cost very much? By downloading a CD instead of buying it, you are costing the company about $19 that they would have made if you bought it (times how many thousands of other people who may have download it from your PC if you are filesharing). So, where is your cut-off? More than $19, obviously. What if somethign costs $30? Is that OK? $100? And we are not talking about one CD, we are talking about millions. If someone steals many thousands of lithographs that the artist is trying to sell for $60 each, do you think that wouldn't affect him?