Funny Thing Happened

Thanks to the recommendation engine of emusic.com I recently discovered Arovane.  I liked it so much, I grabbed two albums and listened to them a couple of times each.

Thanks to the scrobbling of last.fm, it appears that I'm a top listener of Arovane's Tides album.

Of course, I didn't know that until I got a private message from someone in the UK saying that he noticed I was a top listener of said album and could I hook him up with a free copy.

Now I am a big fan of sharing music... with friends.  It forms part of the substrate of culture we share together.  This request from a complete stranger, however, seemed different.

So I said sorry and as politely as I could suggested that he support the artist by buying a copy for themselves.  Or asking the artist directly for a free copy.

What would you have done?