Of course. One of my favorite musicians was sick of record company bull****, so he decided to do hsi own project. Every single week for a year, he wrote, recorded, and released a new song to members of his website. For $25, you got 52 songs in any high qualify format you wanted with no DRM limitations. Thousands of people signed up, but I don't see a single copy of the music on any pirate site. People were more than happy to give the money directly to the artist when he responded to their needs. Another artist (who raises copyright issues himself with his music) makes it available as pay what you like from a small artist-run label.The problem *I* have with the industries is that they screw the artists out of *their* money. . . I have no problem support artists that I favor like Peter Steele (RIP), Trent Reznor, Rasputina and Henry Rollins - If I want their *items* I buy it from as close to source as possible if it's beyond my downloads.
I'd rather pay money to own something in hopes that their earned and entitled meager cut gets to *them* - as they are due - rather than rob them of my that they will ultimately get in order to screw over their production company.
Not all artists deal with devils in the industry - does anyone care when it comes to that? Do you support Independent artists who avoid the industry brouhaha purely on principle? Do you go out of your way to directly contribute to all venues that aren't fleecing or skimming off the top in effort to stand up against the industry itself?