3D printing may make the fights over music and movie copying look tame in comparison. Imagine when you can print physical objects. The interests that manufacture these things are going to demand their products be covered under copyrights.
What this will do is make a lot of manufacturing obsolete. It could fundamentally change our economy since we may no longer rely on corporations nor the work others to provide for our own needs.
When we can provide our own wants and needs their is little need for money or other trading instruments since the basis for money changing hands is because person A has something person B wants and must trade something B wants to get it. If Person A can get what he wants without person B then there is no need for any kind of trading.
Before becoming a programmer I worked for an airline for many years as a reservation agent and the thing that generated the most complaints was the Frequent Flyer Program.
Yes the freebie. The give-away. It generated more complaints and ill-will by customers far more than even lost baggage, late or cancelled flights, extra charges, or airline food.
Free stuff gives people a feeling of entitlement. When they pay for something they are much more grateful for what they have and subsequently are less demanding and satisfied. People want to feel like they actually worked for something. It gives them self worth and a sense of accomplishment.
If your music is not on Youtube does it really make a sound?
If 64% of teenagers are exposed to new music via Youtube. This means that those labels and bands that refuse to put their music on Youtube might as well not even exist to one of the largest music buying demographic.
What this will do is put usefully sites that have user generated content down while giving an advantage to read only sites that mainly just spoon feed information and services. This is one step closer the the RIAA/MPAA's main goal of having the Internet be a one way communication like cable TV.
Cyber-locker music sharing only accounts to 3-4% however the RIAA and MPAA are at war with the very concept of off-site file storage. They have severely crippled cloud computing for an significant problem.
The copyright imbalance is not in favor of creators. In fact our copyright and patent laws are a mill stone around creators necks. We do not have freedom to create. The song writer, the author, the painter, nor the inventor is free to express whatever they want. They must first traverse a minefield of copyrighted and patented works forever fearing that someone somewhere will accuse them of infringing.
Who copyright benefits are the non-creators who make a living off of other peoples work and who can afford to hire lawyers.
Copyright used to be the sole domain of professional publishers. They were able to make laws with impunity because there was not a perception that they effected the public. Even today with international negotiations the content industry are considered the only "stakeholders".
In the internet age that narrow view of "stakeholder" no longer applies. We are all stakeholders now and our voice must be heard.
Instead of admitting their mistake they are now covering their tracks to make this look like it was not politically motivated. It isn't working.
If I was Al Green I would be incensed. For older artists having your music on Youtube is essential to keep your songs from being forgotten since the labels tend to dump old artists to make way for new music where profits are higher.
DPI slows down networks and decreases bandwidth. The US already has the slowest bandwidth in the western world. DPI is overkill and would be akin to the post office reading every piece of mail to make sure no one is doing anything illegal.