I can't count how many times I would of bought a DVD of a movie as I walked out of a theater because I liked it enough at the time but never end up buying by the time I can get it 6-8 months later in a store. Think of all the suckers (like me) that would end up buying a DVD or Blu-ray just because they are on a "just watched the movie" high.
Theaters could even give a 20-30% discount on a physical copy if you bought a ticket to see said movie to help sell more there on location.
I have noticed the same thing lately with regards to ACTA, its been out of the news for months and suddenly people are waking up to it now that SOPA and the MegaUpload shutdown have opened peoples eyes.
Here's to hoping they start taking notice of TPP instead of the one that's pretty much done and over with, maybe we have some chance of influencing the process there if we make enough of an uproar.
How about going a step further than that even, we should prove that laws will actually have the intended effect via studies (one thing the GAO, CRS and the like are for and good at). Once we prove that a law will or at least has a good chance of working as intended then we can go to vote on it.
Also, far more laws need sunset clauses and via the same agencies we should prove that they have been working with no unintended consequences. If all is good then we can vote to renew, if not then it is trashed.
Even now, I'm in a position where distribution of any given media file is essentially free (or at least is rolled into costs I'm already paying), and all I want is for some centralised location for me to say "Oh, hey, watching this has given me value I rate at $X, so I'm happy to hand that money over."
Heck, if that payment site existed in the first place I'd be quite happy to "pirate" the media file and pay them for it anyway. I'm sure that's how things must end up in the long run, anyway, assuming we are allowed to continue innovating.
And this is why I wish flattr would take off and get used by the people I would really like to give money too.
How awesome would it be to just put whatever you can afford to give out a month and split it around by flattring all the people whos entertainment you enjoyed this month. This could perfectly encompass all forms of media from books to youtube videos, it would likely even work for games.
Next best thing would be for every content creator to have some way to give them money directly, via paypal or whatever. I especially wish authors would do this because right now pretty much anyone who is beholden to a major publisher has stupid ebook prices that are commonly the same price or sometimes more even than a paperback book, I would much rather be able to give the author $2-$5 directly than pay $8+ for an ebook hes likely making pennies on.
Agreed that they probably could use a better method for determining orphan works to begin with but these things would get worked out in time, this didn't really even have a chance to get refined thanks to this lawsuit.
I still say if a copyright owner can come forward and get their material taken off the list of available works then there really is no problem as they have a easy way to get any errors fixed.
Speaking of CwF+RtB, got anything interesting in the works? I know my Insider badge will expire soon and while I don't mind purchasing that alone I was hoping to maybe get something else more substantial.
I have the good old DMCA t-shirt and it still one of my favorite shirts, I love that I get comments on it quite often even from people who I never though kept up on copyright. It has also started more than one great conversation/debate at parties.