I had to google three things to still not get this joke.
There’s something pretty brazen and Emily White-y about this “I use Spotify so I don’t have to pirate music anymore” line of reasoning running through the article and the comments. That’s basically saying that they are going to just take the music, unless you let them have it for free with a few commercials or a small monthly flat fee – for which the label receives fractions of a penny per stream and the artist receives fractions of that fraction.
I’m not above piracy, but that’s not totally sound reasoning. Especially when it leads to characterising labels that don’t participate as “creating a stink on the Internet and pulling catalogs” and questioning whether such an action “facilitates piracy.” Against themselves? Like ‘If you don’t let me into this movie theatre, I’m just going to sneak in anyway and then you’ll have facilitated trespass and theft.’