Here is Cory Doctorow on the copyright war and what it really means for the culture:
So, Cory Doctorow likes the summer blockbusters, but not enough to give up YouTube.
I enjoy the bit around 2:30 where he looks at the dilemma of "copyright" of sheet music where performers actually played that music without compensating the composer beyond the sale of the sheet music. But once recorded music took off, the pirates of the first decade of the 20th century who actually created another income stream for the music composers. And these recorded artists then complained about radio stations that were "pirating" the recorded music, etc. etc.
The RIAA and MPAA should back off their insane fight over "copyright" and learn the lessons of history and let the next generation build on the past and actually them more money rather than continuing to fight the new digital era.