Stay clear, why? It's a legal product and judging by the reviews, people like it. Ok, so the man himself doesn't want you to buy it, that to me isn't a good enough reason. It appears that Van doesn't want us to buy many of his albums, as most of them are currently out of print and only available at ridiculous prices. I take it he has fallen out with various sections of the music industry and has retalliated by pulling his albums. I don't know whether doing so has hurt the record companies, but I do know that it hurts many of his fans who are being fleeced each time they shell out well over the odds for his albums. It must also be hurting him in terms of lost royalties.