This is a response I posted in my logic class, not at all organized. Thought I’ll post it here too.
First and foremost, I believe our media copyright laws are the biggest culprit and is in need of major reformation. In theory they are to protect rights of artists and the creators of the work but in practice they now only fill the pockets of rich produces. For example it is illegal to sing “Happy birthday” unless you pay royalties to Warner. Why should a publisher continue to make money far after the original creator is long dead? I think it is logical to assume that it should fall under public domain in a reasonable time. These giant publishers of the past decades are holding on to a archaic and false sense of entitlement. With the growth of the Internet and mass communications they are quickly becoming extinct and they are fighting it with everything they have. Instead they need to embrace it, look at the wonderful examples of Steam, Netflix, and iTunes. Where it is far more convenient to pay a small price for a wonderful product than it is to pirate it. And now we have every game publisher out there making steam like products.
But this is a huge subject I could go on and on about why the government should not give in to the entertainment businesses, or if piracy even is an issue, and the benefits of an open-source world.
Therefore, the government should not seek to censor the Internet anymore, seek to reform patent laws, and encourage the media industry to evolve their business model .