I don't think they lack for funding. I think the problem is more fundamental.
If your job consists of security theatre plus Operation Intimidate the Brown People, you're essentially a self important bullshit artist.
Software, on the other hand, deals exclusively in hard facts. It doesn't matter how awesome you think you are, how many Medals of Freedom you've been awarded, or how great a bureaucratic political operative you are, if you're in charge of a software project and you're full of shit, the project will fail.
I've seen it countless times. Software cannot be dazzled, cajoled, double-talked at, massaged, convinced, etc... You either know the methodology and push towards delivery or you're in the way.
The whole undesireables thing is a means to an end though. Fascism is about control and the will of the state.
The state needs a bogey man to blame problems on. They pick a minority group which the broader population is already uncomfortable with (typically for irrational reasons), and demonize and dehumanize them. Once they do it to the Jews/Gays/Arabs/whoever, it's much easier to get away with it for others. Slippery slope, etc...
“Think about when you listen to a song on the radio,” he explained. “You are not paying for it, it’s not illegal to do it, because the rights have been paid for on top, beforehand, by the radio station, by the network."
No, the em spectrum, the manufacturers of radio broadcasting and/or receiving hardware do not pay.
The BROADCASTER pays. They pay from ad revenue, which is earned by having tons of people listening.
If the content creators had not by and large(not entirely, granted) been so beholden to idiotic legacy distributors, they could have monetized content in this fashion from the get go online. They were late to the table, someone else ate "their" lunch, and now they whinge. As they say in the Russian Army, "tufki shitski".
The notion that "content creators" need a handout is idiotic. The money made via spotify, youtube, netflix, etc... is huge.
“We should never forget that in the smartphone, the smart part is us creators.”
Define "us", shitbag. If I wanted to listen to idiotic beeps and whistles, I'd put an R2-D2 sound bite on a loop. I use my smartphone to read (techdirt and wikipedia being my two favs), to use facebook and email to interact with friends, family and colleagues.
I have very little music on my phone (all of it purchased) and all the pics and movies on their are taken by me. So am I creator? I suppose I should get the $300-$400 tax levied against my phone, then, since I'm the primary creator of content I consume.