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.
Useless trivia, the Dalek stories were mostly skipped over when a repeat screening of old "Doctor Who" occurred in Australia in 2003-2005 because there was a copyright and royalties dispute between the BBC and the Estate of Terry Nation. Even "The War Games" was skipped (a whopping 10 episodes) because a Dalek appeared in ONE SCENE! (source: Wikipedia)(and I was watching, too)
Shareholders can take some earnings from the company they hold shares in. Fair enough, that's the good part of the share market. The stupid part is when you buy shares with the sole intention of selling them later in the hopes of making a profit. That's how you can loose lots of money. In fact, you need lots of money in the first place. If you hold on to the shares and collect the dividends, then you won't loose any money. In fact, you will make money. Slowly, yes, but steadily, especially in a company that is very stable. Whereas, if you buy and sell constantly, thus "playing" the share market, you're essentially gambling with your money. So, to me, the price of the share doesn't matter. It's how much it pays off in dividends that matters. So if you've got money and you're looking to the stock market to make more money, either invest long term or you might as well take a holiday in Vegas.