Think that this issue of stealing music is a modern problem?
Here’s a quote from a New York Times article on the problem of counterfeit sheet music sales published in 1897.
“Canadian pirates is what the music dealers call publishing houses across the line who are flooding this country, they say, with spurious editions of the latest copyrighted popular songs. They use the mails to reach purchasers…and as a result, the legitimate music publishing business of the United States has fallen off 50% in the last twelve months.”
Substitute “The Pirate Bay” and “torrents” for “pirates” and you have exactly what’s going on today.