They could contract a highschool portrait company who then claims the copyright on the photos. They could even make a deal to transfer the copyrights to a sheriff, or the individual being photographed.
"Also of note, if it suddenly becomes legal to plant malware/spyware on the computers of anyone suspected of having pirated files, companies around the US are going to go absolutely nuts hacking their competitors, as all they'd need to do to justify it would be to claim that they thought the other company had pirated files on their servers."
Better yet, it would basically legalize the activities of "organizations" like anonymous. Everyone infringes copyright at some point, especially the copyright maximalists. I can only imagine the hilarity of anonymous LEGALLY pulling apart all the IAAs byte by byte.
"It's been said that on a long enough time table, everybody's chances for survival goes to zero. I'd make the same argument for oppressive regimes."
This statement makes the dangerous assumption that democracy and freedom are natural endpoints of social evolution. Democracy came about in the West through very specific circumstances, and it could dissolve in the future.
If it's something worth having it must be protected and defended from those that try everyday to turn our country into China (falsely believing that censorship and the erosion of civil liberties is the best way to defend the country). We cannot assume or take for granted achieving and preserving freedom takes hard work.