Copyright in this country is a huge gift granted by Congress which benefits large media corporations primarily. Copyright as it is now, life of the creator plus 70 years, stifles innovation and creation. In so doing it stifles the overall economy.
The 20th Century was all about big giant businesses, with a Vatican-like hierarchy. The movie and TV business was no exception.
We have incredibly restrictive copyright laws in this country. Big media companies have made the media marketplace worse for the public with these laws and may have even worked against their own interests by lobbying for overly restrictive copyrights according to a new study.
Hollywood, the recording industry, and the cell phone companies are trying to hold technology back and in the process doing a disservice to the American consumer. Time to get with the times and accept that these industries must adapt or die.
According to the attached article Pandora and Slacker (online radio services) have to pay 6 times in royalties what their satellite and cable radio competitors have to.
There are very good arguments, both for and against copyright. Our founders thought that such rights were vital to encourage innovation and creative exploration.