He's wrong on one point. I don't expect law enforcement to prevent crimes from happening. I expect them to apprehend people after crimes have happened. Their success at apprehending criminals is what prevents crime - knowing you can't get away with it.
The attitude that "we must prevent crime" is the same attitude that makes everyone a potential suspect, since anyone is capable of committing a crime.
ALL fair use must be determined on a case-by-case basis. That's one of the problems with fair use. Just because nobody took Jon Stewart to task doesn't mean he was immune from lawsuits. And if his show wasn't comedy - more people might have taken issue with his use of copyrighted content. And since most fan fiction is parody, that puts most of it squarely in fair use territory.
Ah well to me hip hop, electronic, pop, etc. are all basically forms of rock music, and I hear very little today that doesn't sound like 60s, 70s or 80s. Not that there isn't good music, but it isn't what I'd call innovative. But that's just me.
You make it sound like the artists are hiring labels to promote and distribute their work, when it's the exact opposite.
The labels hire the artists, and as their bosses they determine the terms of the contract, and they can name any terms because they own the whole network of mass media from radio to retail to concert hall to television.
Do you think your employer is going to do everything in their power to make you rich and happy, or are they going to get as much profit from your work as they possibly can?
I saw it before it was "banned" and it's not all that offensive. Just typical black stereotypes from the period. There are plenty of other cartoons and live action films out there that show the same thing.
Negative publicity can be a good thing for movies. Disney's had a thug mentality for decades, and it doesn't make people avoid their films or merchandise - not enough for them to ever worry about.
I have no interest in more Star Wars but I know a week won't go by for the next year that I won't see a Star Wars reference somewhere (the next 5 years? The rest of my life?) This week it's on Techdirt.