Fortunately (or unfortunately depending on how long you can wait...) this copyright/theft confusion is probably self-correcting. As the current generation grows up and moves into political and business positions of power, the lack of business model flexibility will disappear, new or evolving attitudes toward the value of copyright will become more prevalent, and so on.
I think it's much more nuanced. An informed public really is important, and whistle blowing is absolutely correct in the appropriate circumstances. However there is also true value in many (not all) state secrets, and endangering confidants & informants, etc. is not in our nor obviously their best interests.
If the keys can be copied, saved and then put back onto revised hardware, then isn't that a pretty loose DRM system? I thought DRM licenses were tied to unique system profiles specifically to prevent them from being shared... Or if it allows 'minor' hardware changes, you're still out of luck if you upgrade the complete PC.
Re: Re: How does one know if downloading is unauthorized?
Yes, obviously I agree it's difficult to know... I just wonder how secure one can be in the assumption that one is unlikely to by prosecuted (successfully or not!) for downloading and/or streaming. And, whether the law makes any distinction between streaming and downloading- in one case the file may be permanently loaded onto your PC, in the other it may be only temporary...but that seems like a slim legal difference. P2P sites are not interesting to me, so I am not worried about inadvertent sharing. I am interested in using Lala, Last.FM and many potential competitors...