I never suggested he keep the bumper music, only the ads. In fact, I suggested the opposite. The RIAA would have no say.
I would listen to Art through cups and string, if I had to. I'm sure we all would. He could simply talk for the whole show, and I would still be glued to my speakers. He is the voice of my curiosity. No other will do. No other even comes close.
For sure, just that in order to have his bumper music in any version he is signing a contract with the RIAA. They probably would shy away from him encouraging people to pirate his stuff, whether he asks people to take the no-music one or not.
Either way, this is not piracy, this is voluntary sharing, or free downloads. No one has to steal it from him, he can and should just post it himself the next day.
You want it live and with no ads? Pay for the livestream. By the next day this stream will be ripped and pirated and shared, so in the morning you post the free version on youtube and direct everyone there. They get ads in the video, as well as a youtube pre-roll ad, which he also would make money from.
Don't get me wrong, the "premium" stream will definitely get pirated still, but most people would rather subscribe to his channel and not have to mess around with finding it and downloading it etc...
The heartbreaking necessity of lying about reality and the heartbreaking impossibility of lying about it.
― Kurt Vonnegut, Cat's Cradle