I was just going to write something similar. But you expressed it for me.
On the bright side: none of this really matters longer term. Neither incompetent regulators nor terrified legacy giants can stop the Internet video revolution from threatening traditional cable television.
Eventually, they can have total control over no customers.
DRM is worse than simple encryption, because I must be able to control (eg, trust) YOUR computer to do MY will. That is, to decrypt something, but make the crypto keys inaccessible to you. It's all an exercise in obfuscation to make the barrier so high that few or no crackers will discover how to crack the encryption.
Now what arguments could be made that DRM could be used to commit crimes? If I must be able to control your computer in order for you to receive my encrypted message (or music or movie) then imagine the position that puts three letter agency snoopers in?
As long as the encryption has magical golden keys sprinkled with the pure dust of genuine unicorns. The number of golden keys that should unlock the encryption is left unspecified until all interested government parties have put in their requests for copies of the golden keys.
Re: Not just FIXED but absolutely essential: Do You Really Want Corporations Deciding Search Results? Solely? Without any regulation?
> Oh, and just note what corporation is being defended!
Google is being defended because stupid governments are as fixated on Google, as if it were the only search engine, as much as TechDirt Trolls and Hollywood Dinosaurs are fixated on Google, as if it were the only search engine.
What's wrong with governments deciding search results?
After all, look what a wonderful job government does at deciding everything else? What could go wrong?
Seeing how government works, Google could get a jump and allow lobbyists to directly pay Google for search results. Oh, but that would deprive poor, underpaid, downtrodden government officials of that money going into their pockets.
What about this idea. Take most of the proceeds from that windfall and invest it in building your next hit game. You've now already got an experienced team and infrastructure for building and marketing it. Plus a qualified audience of people who are likely purchasers.
Oh, wait. But I'm forgetting something. Hollywood accounting. The six million in sales, and hundreds of millions doesn't matter. Hollywood Accounting means the game didn't make any money. That team of artists and dreamers don't get anything. You're right! Stop investing / creating. Just take what you've got and try to milk it for a century.