4: (This is my favorite.) In the present day, there are many more ways for a musician to make money, other than royalties or selling cds or downloads. The sales are dropping on all fronts, even theft is down. The point is to find other avenues.
I don't buy any of your pros (pun intended), particularly this one. What other ways are their to make money off of our music that didn't exist in the past? I think the opposite is true, even your second sentence contradicts that first sentence. I just don't understand why one would want to cut off a potential income stream in this day and age when its harder to make any money off of your music.
Besides, if I was in this to make money, I'd play in a country band.
Why does one have to make popular music to make a bit of money? Why can't I be compensated for my hard work?
2: The whole copyright/licensure principle is set up by and for big record companies. It's the only way to get around the stranglehold large corporations have on the industry.
I think I could just as easily argue that CC was set up by big radio so they don't have to pay royalites to artists whenever they play a song. It would be a huge benefit to large radio corporations if they didn't have to pay out mechanical royalites. So who is right here, you for spreading a rumor you picked up on some internet site, or me for starting a new rumor that makes as much sense as yours?