Based on your claims, you'd think countries that had legalized prostitution would be absolutely awash with prostitution-related kidnapping, human trafficking, blackmail, immigration extortion, and drug use. And yet they're not.
"Either way, as we've said before, it would be trivially easy for campaigns to just clear musical choices with artists first to avoid these dustups. Even if they're not legally required to do so, it's the easiest solution."
Asking "permission" doesn't actually solve anything though, because the artist can't prevent legal use of their music. If a politician feels that a particular song reflects the way they feel or the image they want to project, they're free to pay their money and play it to their heart's content.
Artists might not like it, and they're free to express that opinion, but the same copyright laws that they claim are indispensable for artistic creation allow their music to be used this way. Live by the copyright sword, die by the copyright sword.
That's not to say using an artist's music against their wishes is a smart political or PR move. It's not, it's dumb. It's just not illegal.
Re: Re: No, see the NRA for another example of this
If France had the same gun controls as the US it stands to reason the gun-related death numbers might be similar too. That would result in an extra 5000-odd deaths in France every year. Do you think that's an acceptable price to pay to save a few dozen people in one terrorist act?
"...it seems to me that there is a very lucrative market for highlights like these."
There is NO market for these GIF highlights. None. Nobody is going to pay money for a short, low-res, soundless, looping clips. Stop making ridiculous claims without even a shred of info to support them.
"Because they still have to pretend that copyright is meant to serve the public."
I think they stopped pretending that long ago. I can't ever remember ever hearing copyright supporters talk in terms of serving the public, only serving themselves. Some have genuine self-interest for their art, some are just greedy corporates and control freaks, but they never talk about benefits to the public.