Back in the heyday of record companies having all the power, artists received very little money on CD sales and radio plays.
Did the artists sign their contract with the record companies against their will? Do you support minimum wage and this "Paycheck fairness act" that would force companies to pay men and women equally based on I don't even know what factors?
It's a changing paradigm, and it's is turning the tide in the favor of content producers.
All thanks to pirate activity.
Or maybe just improved technology.
Self-publishing is huge. Many people give away their material for free. Others sell it.
How much do they charge pirates for their material?
originally published for free.
But not anymore? So there's a good chance that their plan was to give it away to get people talking, then start charging for it. Obviously the book is huge and they'll make bank off of it from movie rights/promotional appearances, but what if it weren't a colossal hit? If it were an entertaining book that a vast majority of people pirated, they're probably not going to make a ton of money off of it. What if it wasn't enough money to make it worth their while to write books instead of, say, working in a generic sales job, and they no longer write as a result? You don't see that as being an issue?