If it gets through the editing process . . .
There is a terrible irony to the state of copyright law. Under pressure from the entertainment industry governments have changed laws, increased penalties, decreased consumer rights, and eroded the principle of fair use. All this has resulted from the dissemination of overblown statistics and propaganda from the media industry. In other words, the policy-making process has been captured by major corporations who lied to government officials, distorted facts, eroded public rights, and advanced private interests at the expensive of common culture. If we were serious about serious crime we would demand that the media industry make reparations for influencing public officials, warping legislation, and criminalizing mass behaviour. Some of the richest corporations in the world have manipulated public policy to unjustly advance private gain. A terrible crime has been committed against all of us. These economic and political inequities provide fertile ground for a disruptive post-television culture to take root among the global online audience.