It seems like copyrights have been bent, ignored, abused, and manipulated for ages. VHS tapes, for example; computer software, NBA merchandise. People were bootlegging Grateful Dead concerts from the 1960s on out.
I’m not saying it’s right or wrong. I just wonder why the government is deciding to intervene now. It can’t simply be because computers are so prolific, because everyone has a VCR, and people were never arrested for that.
As far as which companies have the politicians’ ear, perhaps you could enlighten me; I haven’t really heard anything about Universal or WEA or BMI holding any kind of political clout. Please share; you seem to have a better sense of the politics than I <img>