And of course if they did adopt 'international norms' as far as copyright went, and in turn saw sales and creation take a dive, they would, without a doubt, blame piracy, rather than the stifling effects of those same IP laws they cherish so much.
Personally I'm guessing they are either trying to get rid of a competitor by bringing it down to hollywood levels, and/or get rid of a perfect example that proves that more copyright enforcement with stricter laws isn't the way to more creation and sales, and instead it's the direct opposite.
Oh it get's better, as they have no real oversight, there's nothing at all stopping them from creating any 'records' to use in that manner, because who exactly is going to be willing and able to call them out on it?
While I would agree that Steam sales would seem to suggest that people would have no problem paying for new games if they prices were dropped like that, the idea that if the competition that is used games were to go away publishers would even be willing to consider doing so strikes me as rather naive.
You're talking about people and groups that consider millions of sales to be a failure, long term planning(or even basic budgeting), or even just willing to adapt is just kinda beyond them, so charging less, so that they could sell more, would probably never even occur to them.
'I have no sympathy for gamers. Let them burn. Let them suffer. They deserve it for being so short-sighted, so lazy, so incredibly stupid.'
I wish I could argue against this more, but like you said if gamers as a whole were willing to stand up for themselves, companies like EA would have gone broke years ago, so unfortunately it comes down to individual gamers who are willing to pass on what might be great games, rather than pay companies who have shown nothing but contempt for their 'customers'.
Okay, that video was excellent, nailed the point perfectly.
Especially liked the ending there, where he compares the publishers and their actions with that of a 10-year old kid, who wants things regardless of reality, and then throws a fit when they don't get it.
That has got the be the most blunt and downright honest 'It doesn't matter what concerns people have over this trade agreement, as I plan on ignoring all of them'-type statement I've yet heard relating to TPP 'negotiations'.
If it's been said once it's been said a hundred times: if you don't want to be tracked by Google, don't use their products/services.
The fact that you claim that you are still 'being spied on' by them suggests either that you have fallen for the 'Google is everything' lie that the *AA's and several governments have been pushing, or that despite claiming to hate their 'spying' on you, you continue to use their products, like a masochist that just cannot get enough suffering and/or needs something to complain about.