We’ve written here about the madness of rent-seeking as the only goal of intellectual property policy. Lawrence Lessig writes wisely:
There is no doubt that piracy is an important problem–it’s just not the only problem. Our leaders have lost this sense of balance. They have been seduced by a vision of culture that measures beauty in ticket sales. They are apparently untroubled by a world where cultivating the past requires the permission of the past. They can’t imagine that freedom could produce anything worthwhile at all.
Thanks to Mitis Caput Capitis for the tip.