Fuel taxes are very high in Western Europe and here in Uruguay, and I agree with that. Instead of charging for internet sales, the American Congress should tackle the energy issue and raise fuel taxes.
It's just business for them. When executives start to believe that launching an online-only service will be profitable, they will do the switch. It's matter of time, that is, some things will have to change before it happens. Companies will have to change, consumers will have to change, technology will have to change, laws will have to change. (I'm talking from the perspective of company executives and owners, not mine.)
Tim, I love the way you wrote the article. Yes, the content is good too, but it's hard to do tasty stuff out of this subject.
The problem with that definition is that it mixes things. "Literature" is a technical definition of a work (text), just like "photography", "illustration", "audio" and "film". That's how you classify works in such a law: by media.
But "arts" and "science" is another completely different thing: it's subject or intent, just like "entertainment" and "journalism". By that definition, sports films and advertising illustrations don't have author rights.