In the mix of songwriters and musicians surveyed by the Pew Internet & American Life Project, most don’t think the recording industry’s lawsuits in their name actually benefit artists.
Some 60% of those in the sample say they do not think the Recording Industry
Association of Americas suits against online music swappers will benefit musicians and
songwriters. Those who earn the majority of their income from music are more inclined
than starving musicians to back the RIAA, but even those very committed musicians do
not believe the RIAA campaign will help them. Some 42% of those who earn most of
their income from their music do not think the RIAA legal efforts will help them, while
35% think those legal challenges will ultimately benefit them.