||Now that you're done telling us how you would like to believe the music business works, so that you can feel better about stealing music, let me add a few points.
Yes, some costs are in fact advances against royalties. Studio costs in excess of what the label feels is reasonable (this is worked out beforehand). Half the cost of video production, typically. And so on. But how, exactly, does this payment work?
Does the record company cut the band a check for royalty percentage, and then ask the band, "could you please give us some money for the recoupables, now?"
The label deducts recoupables before it cuts a check to the band, of course. So if a member of Slipknot is dropping $350k on a house, he's not spending money that belongs to the record company. He's spending money that Universal has earned for him. And that's no small chunk of change, Skippy.
Slipknot are most defnitely profiting from their relationship with the Recording Industry, and profiting handsomely. I know that's going to make it harder for you to rationalize stealing their music, but it's the truth, and you're just going to have to cope with it.
And the record company does pay for the limo to the awards show. And the alcohol at the party afterwards. And the "guest list" tickets for the show. And the drugs, too, quite often, though they don't show up on the books, for some reason.
If you want to talk about recoupables, you'd better learn what the word means before you start regurgitating the lies and exaggerations you've read on i-love-piracy.com and freeloader.org.
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