It's time for a real knock-down drag-out fight with the copyright pros, and it's not going to happen until the average person feels the pain. Let them enact any crazy thing they want, then watch people find a million ways around it.
The problem with your point of view is that presupposes that the inventor of a technology can anticipate the uses to which it will be put, and take action to prevent the "bad" ones. In fact, it is rare that an inventor is able to guess the future path of his/her work. The guys who developed a resilient network for military communications, for example, had no way of knowing it would become a global network where just anyone could post comments. It's not their fault they never put in a "troll filter". ;)
There's no excuse for LucasFilm. However, it's worth pointing out one big advantage to Verizon for their license: they can legitimately play up the "Star Wars" connection in their advertising. That might be worth a fair chunk of change all by itself.
Problem with that is, they could be incompetent at one part of their business and make up for it in another. Just as a hypothetical they might, oh, I don't know, buy out every competitor they have. But in this case I suspect it's not Wells Fargo that's frakked up, it's the legal system. Unless you're a lawyer, in which case this is just great.
So authors are going to "renegotiate" every time a new product comes out? And meanwhile Amazon should just stop everything? If an ebook sale is treated differently from a physical sale, it sounds like the authors you mention already agreed to some bad contracts.
The industry has used the "we can't go after each downloader, so we'll get this guy" argument repeatedly. They seem to be saying that because it's infeasible to comply with the law, they should be able to rewrite it. Imagine if we could all do that.
GeneralEmergency said "...exactly how is packet inspection based traffic shaping legally distinguishable from eavesdropping?
How would one know that one's mail is not being read or the file in a file transfer is not being copied and archived?"
Beats the heck out of me. Also, what prevents everyone from going to encrypted data streams?
The First Amendment is the only "bit" that mentions free speech. It's all that's needed. It's widely considered the bedrock on which all other freedoms depend. A government which controls speech can violate any other rights it wants to -- no one will ever know.
I think foreigners underestimate how seriously we take this Amendment. Any attempt to limit the speech of US citizens will be cheerfully ignored by most of them.
All this hysteria about child porn deliberately misses the most important point. Child porn is a proxy for our fear of child molestation. However, by far most molestation of children is done by family members. Until we admit and act on that politically uncomfortable fact, we're addressing the tip of a huge iceberg.