Copyright was originally a matter for the civil courts. When did it become the domain of the DOJ for them to confiscate domain names, search people's digital media at border crossings and basically become the MAFIAA's enforcer?
I would say have a five-year maximum of copyright, not this author's life plus 70 years BS. That was at Disney's behest and should be done away with immediately.
Also, all personal, non-commercial use should be allowed. An anime fan who wants to make an AMV of Naruto with Slipknot or whatever playing in the background shouldn't be penalized for doing so.
The DOJ has only succeeded in making Kim Dotcom an Internet folk hero along with Julian Assange and Bradley Manning. Let them dig themselves in deeper. The cognizant know what they are doing and aren't fooled by their talk of "justice" and "intellectual property".
What truly disturbs me is copyright was originally supposed to be a case for the civil courts, but in the past 20 years, it's been taken over by the criminal justice system, which is why ICE is involved. So much for being a nation of laws!
I think the problem with our legislator and the Net is they are old! Most of them are over 50 and grew up with black and white TVs with dials, rotary phones and old stuff like that. To them, the concept of a digital world is foreign. Thus, they tack the prefix cyber- onto anything referring to the Net in order to attempt to sound like they understand and only make themselves look more foolish in so doing.
Because of this, I propose that no one over 50 be allowed to propose any laws for the Net. If you don't know how it works, you've no business trying to regulate it.
Since I know that won't happen, I think all Net users need to declare the Internet a sovereign nation, entity, etc., which circumvents the globe, bypasses all borders and unites all peoples in a way unprecedented in history and thus cannot be bound by any terrestrial laws.
It won't be a done deal if Net users everywhere hack their websites and regular people riot in the streets. Governments had better start respecting the will of their citizens, or Arab Spring could spread across the globe.
Copyright has its place in guaranteeing that the author of a work gets to derive profit from it. But it has been perverted obscenely beyond that, allowing the author's great, great, great grandchildren to keep a work out of the public domain and to continue to profit from it.
If the content publishing industry gets its way, there won't even be a public domain or fair use in the future.
If you want to see what the future would be like under SOPA, just google Performing Rights Society and read about the havoc they've wreaked in England!