RENT-SEEKERS on the subject of copyright is: When did Disney’s Nine Old Men (or their estates) receive royalty payments for all those classic cartoons?
Until they do — and the Chuck Joneses and the Tex Averies of the industry do as well, all the sound and fury you guys are raising in supposed aid of “protecting intellectual property” is so much persiflage and, yes, rent-seeking.
I would like to see a discussion around the question: should copyright ever vest in corporations?
Until then, you guys are only getting what you deserve. Come back and see me when you are serious about protecting the creators of intellectual property, instead of the patrons of those creators.
And, before you say the accounting would be an unreasonable burden, let me point out that Amazon does it just fine.