I hope I don't start a flame war here, but I disagree in part with the
other posters on this thread. The record companies give away promos to get
air play/advertisment, which results in more sales and more money for both
the artists and the company. These promos are often unsolicited gifts, and
as such I can't see how the company can legally or morally complain about
anything the recipient does with it - does anybody know if the 'illegal'
signs have any meaning or if it's just intimidation? I don't buy promo
copies myself, but that's just a personal decision
Of the $16 or so that you pay for a CD, only about a dollar goes to the
artists (and about the same to press and print the CD), most of the rest
is split between the record company, retailer etc. If you want the artist
to make a few bob, buy the albums at their concerts - they make a much
bigger cut on those [these albums are often defaced like the promo copies]
than from record store sales.