Why not just ask for the right to bust down doors in the middle of the night, doing warrantless door to door searches of everyone's computers and forcing all the occupants of any home containing a computer with any type of audio or video files (children, babies, grandmas, and pets included), into the street to face a firing squad, while their neighbors watch?
Could it be that if they asked for that, that there would be no denying or misunderstanding exactly what they are asking for, by anyone in Congress?
I have a German friend that told me there there was an "MP3 police" in her neighborhood that made random raids of homes, looking for MP3 files, and arresting anybody that had any on their computers.
I doubt that was what they were really doing, but whatever was going on that lead to neighbors and friends of hers being locked up for "MP3 possession" it had her scared enough not to download any sort of MP3 file from any source, not even CC licensed stuff from Jamendo, and thinking that MP3 files had been outlawed in her country. She was truly terrified and there was nothing I could say that would convince her that downloading files from Jamendo wouldn't end up with her dragged out of bed in the middle of the night and thrown in jail.
And that is how the rights holders want all of us to be...too afraid to listen to music or watch a video unless they make a profit from it in the form of physical CD/DVD sales. Roll everything back to the days before home computers, the internet, and digital music and movies...back to when they had a full monopoly over production and distribution of ALL forms of entertainment.
Is there any wonder why I don't listen to commercially produced music any more? Is there any wonder why I only support indy artists that are trying to make it on their own without the help of any RIAA label? Is there any wonder why I go out of my way to promote the stuff I like on sites like jamendo and bandcamp? Is it any wonder why I promote artists I like that have album projects up on kickstarter? Is it any wonder why I welcome and encourage indy artists to friend me on sites like Last.fm?
It's because I don't know what else to do any more. And no matter what I do, how much I do, I feel like the effect is no better than a single mosquito trying to suck the life out of an angry, out of control gorilla, with Acromegaly
, already the size of King Kong.