That's what i was thinking the whole time. Maybe i'm too cynical, but i wouldn't put it past publishers to make 'perishable' books to eliminate used books. On one hand, the reality of the waste would be massive, but most people could duped on the issue if the book were sold as being "recyclable and reusable" and therefore a green alternative to sustained ownership.
A movie made by hollywood about the career of Assange would bear as much resemblance to reality as a bowl of mashed potatoes made about his career.
In either case, america would eagerly hunger to eat a steaming pile.
Since the 'toxicity' in this case occurs only when non-benefiting parties are aware or when the agreement's core disinformation is exposed in even cursory scrutiny, the obvious first (and current) change would simply be to act in cover of darkness and deny all oversight.
The type of people that push for these things aren't the type to recognize or acknowledge that the results aren't what they had expected or claimed.
When I think of these people, I'm reminded of one of my managers from when I worked in manufacturing:
1: a new circuit board design incorporates temperature-sensitive devices and also large metal objects. In order to get the heavy parts to solder, the oven temperature-time integral needs to be too high and damages the other parts.
2: manager insists that hand-placing or heat blocks won't work. try running the oven hotter and run another dozen boards.
3: call manager over and show that he's an idiot. all boards have both damaged and still unsoldered parts.
4: his response "that's good; perfect. just use that"
... and now there are so few notes left that we need to protect record labels so that they can responsibly regulate the future use of this limited resource and guarantee job opportunities for hard-working musicworkers for years to come!
What? Oh man, I got those mixed up. Crap. I should have known something was wrong when I was discovering a wealth of new music that I actually enjoy through independent artists and netlabels! How could I be so blind?
i'm just waiting for the design philosophies behind most cheap home electronics to flow over into the portable electronics world. Then i can have a translucent blue cell phone that's shaped like a smashed eggplant.