An interesting post over at Be The Rave on allegations that artist Will.i.am has taken liberties with a mix from the group Mat-zo-artys single “let’s go”. This is not the first time a mainstream artist has “borrowed” from lesser known Trance groups coming out of Europe – think Flo Rida and Avicii’s Levels track for one – but one has to wonder whether this borrowing has a negative impact – in the Avicii situation the use of sample by Flo Rida brought attention to the track and the notice of millions of more listeners to Avicci – of course fans will argue that it is a matter of artistic reputation but the bottom line for any business (and music and art are businesses if you want to keep doing them) is a steady stream of revenue and listners equals cash flow. So, I guess my question is does stealing sometimes benefit not only the thief but also the one robbed? – we see the free wheeling borrowing that goes on in the fashion world with little dent in creativity or profits. Maybe the music industry could benefit from a little more borrowing?