MPAA/RIAA still have huge levels of power and influence. While everyone may look at the defeats of SOPA/PIPA/ACTA and think "The People: 3 RIAA/MPAA: 0" the reality is "The People: 3 RIAA/MPAA: 100".
While they still have power and, we will have to continuously defend such attacks on internet freedom. Though their redundant business models will lead to their undoing sooner-or-later, SOPA/PIPA/ACTA/TPP show how much damage they can do in the meantime.
What is needed is a summer-long boycott of MPAA/RIAA/ESA media. Hit their hip pocket, show them we are numerous, we mean business, and we won't let these chumps get away with their attempts on our freedoms made over the last half-a-century anymore.
"If they create a rape task force, are you going to argue that the DOJ is acting as a private police force for women? Are you going to say that the cops out arresting car thieves are a private police force for car owners?"
Seeing as rape and car theft are both criminal offenses, and that women and car owners are both citizens, that's reasonable. It's nothing like what's happening here: having law enforcement enforce civil law. And cut your "1% own cars" bullshit, please. Where I live, 70% of people drive cars as a matter of course in their day-to-day lives, and close to 99% own one.
"The fact is that the content creators pay a huge amount of taxes in this country"
They'd be paying a lot more tax if Congress closed the many, many loopholes they use to pay as little tax as possible. And with their failure to pass the draconian SOPA/PIPA bills, I can't see Congress and the President doing that and pissing of their Hollywood paymasters more.
"At the end of the day, the folks in government are going to side with the folks who pay taxes and act like good citizens."
Above point aside, the Government did it's job properly when the majority of the people who contacted them about SOPA/PIPA were NOT in favor. After all, this is a democratic nation, correct? It's only sad that the threat of losing votes was required to make them stop, rather then them simply stopping it because it's appalling public policy. And the people would still pay more tax than Hollywood even if they were being 100% honest with their taxes.
The biggest complaint people had in relation to SOPA was how it could have sites shut down or their finances cut off on a mere accusation. Would you like it if SOPA/PIPA gave corporations the ability to declare you are a terrorist and whisk you off to a secret prison indefinitely without trial to be tortured (oh wait, the government already has the power to do this under the PATRIOT act).
"1) Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits.
2) Everyone has the right to the protection of the moral and material interests resulting from any scientific, literary or artistic production of which he is the author."
This is S.27b of the UN's charter for human rights. While copyright can help with the rights granted in paragraph 2, at the moment this often comes at the cost of the right granted in paragraph 1. When copyright law was originally introduced, the rights in paragraph 2 were roughly balanced with the rights in paragraph 1. But because of the endless expansion of it by the usual suspects over the last 40 years it's no longer the case.
Most importantly, NOWHERE in there does it grant copyright as a human right. As I said, copyright can be used as a tool to help grant paragraph 2's rights, but it's not the only way that could be done.
Every reaming sponsor of the bills should no longer have a seat post next election. Especially Smith and Leahy. Show them the public has not forgotten what they did, and make an example of them to all future political candidates.
I agree to the basic idea here, but no, what you're asking them to do wouldn't be easy at all. Remember who they'd be up against if they start trying to roll back copyright and the alarming influence they have on governments locally and abroad.