Drawing a *very* long bow....
When people develop ingrained antisocial behaviors, they'll often devise convoluted pseudo-moralistic and practical explanations merely to ease their own mental insecurities. I tend to think that this is what a large section of the Linux community is doing in regard to napster / mp3 / music piracy.
MP3 downloading has become such a compulsive habit that addicts will trot out almost any cliched old arguments simply to justify themselves. This article regurgitates one of the classic arguments - that piracy is actually a Good Thing. One of the unfortunate facts of life is that given the choice, people probably won't cough up their cash for something they can get for free. With music and games, the case is even stronger, since there is no after-sales support to add value.
His argument boils down to 'piracy is free marketing!'. OK, so piracy creates some sort of 'buzz' - should games developers and record companies should just release everything for free and hope that someone somewhere along the line feels altruistic enough to make a quick donation? Just take a look at the sorry state of the Windoze shareware 'industry' to shoot down this line of reasoning.
I agree that the record industry needs to take the plunge and embrace MP3, but don't try and use that as an excuse for piracy in the meantime.