To 1, 2, and 3, you are correct. I am also not a fan of his proposal. I tend to believe economies will function better if the government is not needed.
To 4, there is no reason why Kickstarter couldn't work without copyright. There would probably be no tier of "a download of the album", but that's not a necessary tier. Most of the money will probably be made on the physical items or exclusive intangibles for sale anyway. And people still want their favorite artists to create things and earn a living.
One reason I gave my congressman that I opposed this bill is that it didn't contain safeguards to keep the information from being used to prosecute other types of crimes which were not in any way related to "cybersecurity". Based on the amendment, that was apparently intentional.
Possibly the best thing about Kevin Smith is his ability to come up with his own, extremely funny and apt, comparisons. I don't think we'd ever have Mike, for example, saying that the real problem for major movie studios is that they have to compete with watching threesomes at home. It's true that he's not the only person who could pull off alternative funding, but he is a rather unique individual.
If copyright were limited to the life of the author, then the author would have declining incentives as he/she grew older. An 80-year-old would likely have no publisher willing to buy his book, since they would have far less time to exploit it (prior to public domain) than a 30-year-old author's book. This is avoided with fixed lengths. It also removes the incentive to kill authors so you can use their work.
Re: Re: Re: Other than Jewish/Christian Religious Traditions...
You can call me names if you'd like, but I was legitimately answering TechnoMage's question. It is the only social argument I've heard against it which is not a moral/religious argument. It is not based on the rightness of multiple wives, but on the potential negative outcomes to the society.
Re: Other than Jewish/Christian Religious Traditions...
A typical informed argument is that if you have lots of one-man-many-women polygamists in a society where men and women are roughly equal in number, there will be a huge population of men that are completely unable to find a wife due to their monopolization by powerful men. These unattached men are far less stable and more likely to become, for example, suicidal religious fanatics.