Let them come to my kids school - I'd actually welcome it.
Keep saying things that make no sense and assume kids stupid, that's the way to get through to them it seems.
You give your spiel and we'll have a talk - but it'll probably be a lot of "Dad - you won't believe what these people were trying to sell us today!"
I'm sorry, but to me copyright (and patents) are morally indefensible (and repugnant) - that's the way I present it.
My kids directly know two people who have recording studios in their homes - and have seen the entire process from recording to mixing to 'pressing disks' (go ahead - tell them how awful you think it is - they can spot an opinion from a mile away)
They'd probably think trotting out all those people and saying they "need to be paid" was funny - just like when I had a field trip in 4th grade (I'm 39 now) to see the only business in town that used a "mainframe" and sparring with the (rather old) lady who 'ran' it. She insisted all the pins and cards and people (and noise) was necessary to print their forms and track their stuff. I tried to explain that I could write several small programs to do most of that for her in my spare time on my Commodore 64 - and if I could do that then those shiny new apple 2's (or whatever was out at the time ... PC Jr's maybe?) with a professional programmer doing the coding was exactly what she needed to be looking into.
I learned what an "incredulous look" was that day - and I picture her every time I hear the 'copyright' lobby babble.
At first I thought it was cool, I felt like I was missing something - so I subscribed (years ago).
Then it began to 'feel' different (I'm not sure how else to express the vibe) and I looked elsewhere (for many years)
More recently the "I'm missing something" vibe returned, so I added them to my RSS reader and I was seriously considering a print sub (not that I'd always read it .. just to support them) then the IPad app mania (seriously??) kinda cooled me a little - now this (I had the exact same impressions of their motives)
Forget it, they're as clueless as (insert old media company name here). I wonder if the "missing something" vibe was some sort of marketing ploy that they have down pat? (feeling gamed is icky)
Kinda like my XM sub. - they feel SOOO "old school" that it pains me to give them my money but I LOVE hockey, and they have a channel named "Home Ice" that is pretty awesome ... but do you really want me to (secretly, kinda) loathe you?
It's the BAR (or whatever that's called over there)
Why do we let these people regulate themselves?
These types of tactics (bankrupting - or at the very least, ongoing, systemic, harassment) have been admitted to in hushed tones for so long it's developed into a tornado. Add to that the shameful behavior on the criminal side of things when an election is near and you have a profession that is simply broken (as in - 'the sink goes too' broken).
We all already know it, now let's get to fixing it.
>"there are works though, especially those involving large investment, like motion pictures that do need the ability to secure financing through the asset of copyright and to go into court to stop massive unauthorized copying."
Explicit language limiting that protection to commercial use would probably interest me but I don't know if I could even go for that.
The system has been abused so badly for so long I don't know if it's continued existence can be justified in any form.
I'll put it like I would to my children:
"Prove your responsible enough and I'll consider it"
And don't forget past [bad] behavior needs to be punished as a deterrent to future [bad] behavior.
Which, I guess, necessitates at least a short (predefined) period without it, right?