This is a bit of a straw man you just setup. Most people who upload copyrighted videos to youtube and the like usually do just have the video removed. It's only when they become repeat infringers that they have they're accounts banned.
Also, it had nothing to do with his personal site, it was on soundcloud.
I'm by no means for copyright as it is today but I am for balanced and fair debate with as few logical fallacies and false premises as possible.
It seems a lot of you have strange ideas regarding this.
I'm a web designer and forum owner, and I welcome this idea. It's not hard to give a person a "delete my account" button. You don't even need to remove the posts, just remove the name associated with the posts.
This is more to do with facebook, google and other massive websites building profiles on it's users, then keeping it forever. Facebook starts making a profile for you even if you don't have a facebook account. All they need to do is give the option to the user to hard erase all information connected to their account, that's not hard, that's not infeasible. So this won't be used to to delete random comments, but to delete the profiles sites make on you.
I think you're all taking the word "forgotten" way too literally, of course they don't think the information will be forgotten, but it will be deleted.
Seriously, I've been reading techdirt for years and agree with 95% of what Mike and his writers have to say, but one thing that just annoys the hell out of me is that no one can have an opposite opinion to the masses on this blog without being called
c) [insert common insult]
If the ideas portrayed here are to stand any ground we need to win debates on their own merit, not flag posts as trolling and have them hidden simply because they have an opposite or inflammatory opinion.
I've been loosing interest in the comments area here as debate is simply stifled and it just becomes an attack on the other opinion.
A lot of people here need to grow up, stop hiding behind anonymity and debate the subjects at hand without name calling and without resulting the abc's above.
So you've not heard the "your files, any where, any time, any device" like promises?
The problem I have with "the cloud" is that none of the "cloud" companies actually fit the definition they gave "the cloud", they just fit file upload services, the same that's been around for a very long time.