I wonder if a solution would be to make it so that software pattens cannot be sold, but only licensed. I also think that a much shorter life on software patents (24 months?) is needed, but that would require a different mechanism for submitting a patent, maybe using the provisional patent approach. There should also be a use it or lose it clause (if you have not used the patent within 6-12 months of it being accepted, then you lose any future claims to it).
"private copying [has] no reason to exist and should be limited further than it is."
Everything I read a quote like this, I can't help but think that this is a calculated ploy to desensitize the public toward "copying." It's like the person selling a $250,000 house, but asking $400,000 for it. Sure, you may be able to negotiate them down to $350,000, and in such case the seller will go to great lengths to claim how much they worked with you to save you $50,000, but the bottom line is that you still overpaid for the house.
All these mafia-style copyright holders seem to think that by demanding the sun, that you will be happy to merely give them the moon, when all they deserve is any random piece of space junk that orbits the planet.
My First song using this method is titled "April Fool." Keep in mind I was going to use the method outlined by The KLF in their classic book "How to Have a Number One The Easy Way," however, since I am not in the UK, nor a UK citizen, I cannot be "On the Dole" as one of their first steps claims I must.
Start off by running a scraper program on telephone trunk lines. You can then find out which numbers are cell phones, and which are not (generally if a single number in the XYZ-ABC-0000 range is a cell, all 10,000 will be).
Once you have this, start using the email to SMS gateways provided by the services to send messages like the above. Be sure to record what you send, and any responses you get (or don't get).
Use this to send bills to AT&T, Verizon, Sprint (et al). for the numbers listed. Be sure to give details about the service [sic] you are providing, and proof that they opted in.
How many persons buy TVs from Woot for the tax free, and discounted shipping bargains? I would bet that a lot of the jobs that are created by those "tax free sales" directly add to the tax base of Texas, though income tax, and indirectly through increased spending at local retailers (sales tax, and increased employees causing more income tax...).
I live in NC, and we have a large Dell facility in the state, so that means, when I buy a Dell, I pay NC tax, just like the folks in Washington pay their sales tax when they buy from Amazon.
As a consumer, I don't care (in general) where the money goes, my concern is the bottom line for what I am buying. If my laptop with tax is $900 through Dell, and $850 through Amazon, I am going to save $50 and go with the latter. It is irrelevant that the Dell price was $840 plus $60 that was is paid to the state.