Cyber-locker music sharing only accounts to 3-4% however the RIAA and MPAA are at war with the very concept of off-site file storage. They have severely crippled cloud computing for an significant problem.
The copyright imbalance is not in favor of creators. In fact our copyright and patent laws are a mill stone around creators necks. We do not have freedom to create. The song writer, the author, the painter, nor the inventor is free to express whatever they want. They must first traverse a minefield of copyrighted and patented works forever fearing that someone somewhere will accuse them of infringing.
Who copyright benefits are the non-creators who make a living off of other peoples work and who can afford to hire lawyers.
Copyright used to be the sole domain of professional publishers. They were able to make laws with impunity because there was not a perception that they effected the public. Even today with international negotiations the content industry are considered the only "stakeholders".
In the internet age that narrow view of "stakeholder" no longer applies. We are all stakeholders now and our voice must be heard.
Instead of admitting their mistake they are now covering their tracks to make this look like it was not politically motivated. It isn't working.
If I was Al Green I would be incensed. For older artists having your music on Youtube is essential to keep your songs from being forgotten since the labels tend to dump old artists to make way for new music where profits are higher.
DPI slows down networks and decreases bandwidth. The US already has the slowest bandwidth in the western world. DPI is overkill and would be akin to the post office reading every piece of mail to make sure no one is doing anything illegal.
It is interesting that the MPAA is touting these services when there is not one they did not try and sue out of existence upon their inception and even now keep them on an extremely tight leash and never allow them to reach their potential and constantly demand more licencing fees that render these services barely profitable.
Government Acting the Part of Drug Addict Enablers
It would be one thing if all this effort was actually helping Hollywood and the Music Industry but in reality all the government is doing is enabling those industries to continue in their self-destructive behavior.
Piracy is not Hollywood's problem. It is a symptom of their problem which is a fundamental and permanent problem with their business models. The government is acting in the same capacity as those that enable drug addicts. They may mean well but when you have industries that rely on government enforcement rather than meet the demands of consumers then neither they nor the government are serving them nor the public well.
Lets say someone produces an algorithm that produces billions of different tunes? Would all those tunes be under copyright? That person could put any song written after that through a music camparator and if there are any matches could he sue for copyright infringement?
On the flip side could any existing songs that matches any of the tunes make the person liable for copyright infringement?
What members of Congress needs to do is pledge to vote against any TPP agreement if there is not more transparency. Let them know that if USTR insists on secrecy and keeping things away from Congress that all their work will be of not.