The problem with laying down a huge blanket statement like that is you can never go against it. You have to adhere to that philosophy even if an occasion arises where you disagree. Techdirt is more pragmatic than that.
And Techdirt isn't an news site. It's an opinion blog. Practically every single post is simply an opinion on news that is reported elsewhere. Techdirt's agenda couldn't be more obvious, but people still seem to think it's pursuing some secret, subversive plan.
I suspect there's a ton of great art and literature that simply isn't even considered because of the morass of copyright issues it would entail. The very existence of copyright induces censorship, esp. when it lasts for a whole century.