I was bullied heaps as a kid. I met the mother of my main bully in the third grade. I told her what he did. She said he didn't do it and that she didn't want to talk about it. I thought she was stupid. I was eight years old at the time.
Now when I think back on it, I think she was being a normal mother who, like most normal parents, think their kids are darling little angels who could never do anything wrong. I know she was wrong, but so what? She was being a normal mother!
Australia Post, the Australian USPS, has asked for an email tax for years. Every time, the government said no. Then eBay Australia opened it's door. Suddenly, Australia Post went quiet. Now they have eBay seller parcel packages available.
To explain the relevance of my comment above, "Really though: At this point I donít think itís necessary for any pressure to be applied by The Powers That Be to cause someone that works in content production to suddenly have a crisis of faith and prostrate themselves before the Altar of Copyright." reminded me of how long it had been since I first heard them whinging about downloading.