Honestly Ray, I agree with you 100 PERCENT, and I appreciate the props. It is a Fucked up situation, but my first love is Music, DJing or I should really say "Mixing" was secondary. When the opportunity arrived at my door to finally put my music skill to the test and showcase my talent, I thought long and hard about what I was getting myself into. I asked questions, researched, and discovered that like in any relationship, I had to compromise. The rules, laws, regulations were all laid out in front of me and I actually sent Doug Smith an email about the reality with regards to Sampling, and how house Labels handled or simply ignored the issue at hand.
By the time I put out my second EP on Cyberjamz, that sense of accomplishemt fell over me and I was relaxed and content, considering all the other BS going on in my personal life at the time, yea like many of us Life Kicked me in the ass for a few years. By the third and 4th EP, the "Shit Got Real" Ghost kicked in and this is where I faced the reality of losing control of one's love and work. My tracks found on torrents, blogs, Russian Websites in a matter of hours. Prince, Metallica, the owners of the Beatles Catalogue, and Peven Everett cannot keep track of all of their product on their own no matter how dedicated they are to minimizing the damage. It is a digital virus, plain and simple.
So have I developed a distaste for mixing, yes, I will admit that, I haven't made a mix since 2009, I've completely lost interest in the craft, I'm just not interested. My love for creating music has taken over. I know the ups and downs and risks of putting my work out there for all to hear. You just gotta man-up and take the hits and jabs, it's nothing new.
Are there other alternatives of compensation, yes, and that's where Licensing of your work can become a thriving steam of income for someone who wants to put in the work, but there are pitfalls to that alternative as well. Cutting out the middle-man is another means, which is why I bought up the Louis C.K. situation and if you read the article, you can see the possibilities.
I am by no means wanting to make enemies or point fingers here, I'm just stating information that is available out there, and yea it may not be to one's liking, but that's the way it is.