In this situation, the patent system (which ostensibly is set up to benefit our culture) is being abused and ultimately hurting society. To hell with software patents. And this is coming from a software developer.
Of course, this is politics that we're talking about, where it's pretty common to hold two completely conflicting viewpoints at the same time.
Ahhh, good old doublethink. When will these idiots realize that it's porn that drove home video adoption, it was porn that funded the early days of the internet, and it's porn that keeps their loveless marriages intact!
I've always thought of it this way: If you've ever listened to a post-game NFL interview, you can simply hear how dumb some of those guys are. Then you realize that the vast majority of them have college educations.
I'm 31 with 3.5 degrees and would go back to school in a heartbeat if it were financially feasible. But I'll be the first to acknowledge that college isn't for everybody, especially those taking $50K in loans to get a degree in art history only to find themselves working at Starbucks when everything is said and done.
Some people may want to give the work an entire read before ponying up. Lord knows I've ready some really bad books by some supposedly good authors [cough]American Gods[/cough] where I wish I could recoup some of my lost money. Give the slow readers some time and they should come around.
I'll only buy a book if it's DRM free. If it isn't, I'll usually buy the paperback and acquire the proper file from the usual haunts. I have a Kindle (early adopter) and my girlfriend has a Nook. It's nice to be able to go back and forth without having to worry about encryption. I also make it a point to donate to Calibre once per year. The program has quietly made the lives better for people who still choose to read.
I work for a state government as a developer. There are a number of projects that I've been involved with where the mere mention of using open source software is met with derision. The cost/benefit analysis I typically give is that a few weeks of my salary is far less than a commercial purpose, but even then we still shop around and get quotes from contractors (where the real money is!).
My personal theory is that no government agency wants to save money since it means they'll have to do without the difference for the next budget cycle. I've heard stories of tens of thousands of dollars being spent on useless software just to ensure that the agency in question would be able to maintain their budget.