Yup, just look at bands like Nine Inch Nails that said F-you to their publisher. They're doing better than ever now because there's no middle man imbalancing the trade. Artists, these days, really only make lots of money from concerts where the publisher can't stick their hand in the pot. Publishers really need to shift to a digital mindset where they tweak and fine tune the music and give the finished product back to the artist. The artists pays them $x amount per song to finalize it. They can either leave with their digital copy (which they own) and release it on their own terms or give the publisher a license to mass produce it where the publisher pays $x amount per item sold to the artist. If the artists no longer publishes music, it really doesn't matter because the publisher no longer "owns" an artist/works. Until publishers shift to that kind of model, they'll continue to kick and scream until they have a heart attack and take a lot of good artists down with them.