If electronic flaws were the only thing not getting reported due to fear of getting charged and possibly arrested. It's not particular to the US. I've commented before but if you want to avoid legal issues most people will avoid reporting crimes they witness, help victims of car accidents or even crimes, report electronic flaws, expose corporate corruption, expose public corruption.....
The smart ones are using it to get rich in criminality or corruption. For those that refuse to get dirty you wither keep quiet or report fully anonymously. Or risk having your life destroyed.
There are a few implications here. First, if following the law has virtually the same implications of breaking it, why bother? Why respect such law? If people decide to go "pirate" and simply disregard such laws then there will be much more work for the MAFIAA which will clog the legal system with lawsuits resulting from such inherent disrespect for those laws. Everybody loses in the end.
There are regional powers that often eclipse the US in the world and while the US are trying exactly that within its borders the foreign affairs part acts much like a right hand that doesn't know what the left is doing and advocates the opposite (unless it's about trade agreements) and thus may not be having any meaningful influence here.
I think everybody should be subpoenaed so the ones retweeting from NJ are properly prosecuted. The best way to make a bad law go is to apply it in it's full glory. I wonder how many thousands would go to jail?
If I die leaving a child in the womb of my girl no amount of work I done before will keep generating money. What will remain is the money I earned during my life. Why should artists be different? That's too much sense of entitlement.
As for the church guy, too bad. It happens to painters, musicians, directors. Architecture works may be recognized only long after the original creator death and still their state will not receive a penny for the appreciation of such art by arbitrary persons. Worse, arbitrary photographers can and will earn money by taking pictures that are a work on their own and copyrightable. Not to mention there are much, much older works that are just being praised centuries after they were made.
Can you see the issue? Too bad for the church guy. Shit happens. Being remembered throughout History seems good enough in such cases. And if his estate are smart enough they can monetize on the fame alone. As many artists do with their intangible, infinite goods nowadays.