Copyright, like sexual fidelity and superstitious faith, is an obsolete concept from way back when we didn't know EVOLUTION. Even thinking about trying to enforce copyright in a world that has computers is like trying to forbid being wet on the surface of a planet that's 70% water.
Copyright reform already happened. We call that THE INTERNET. Policy and laws are irrelevant to REALITY. They're fictions collectively held to be true. Collective solipsism, as meaningless and worthless as believing in an anthropomorphic personal God-creator, or the Easter Bunny. It's not real just because children believe in it when lied to by authority figures. Laws are not more real than that, they're just believed in by so-called adults. Who then go about trying to enforce them even if they're as absurd as trying to ban the tides from the beaches!
There are two rules worth living by : 1/No harm 2/No theft. EVERYTHING else is obfuscation.
Didn't you notice that the same story happened twice? That could very well mean that the ill-fitting that recycled plothole-filled storyline is simply standard practice at the Federal Government's Parallel Construction Creative Department.
Everything the DOJ/FBI does is security theater. They imagine plots and LARP them out, entrapping unlucky malcontents as scapegoats representing the last hyped-up non-threat. When was the last time they actually did something really useful? The last dangerous criminal enterprise in the U.S. of A. currently IS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. And their law enforcement agents are street thugs, every last one of them, even if some -the happy fools- don't realize it yet.
"Best before" means "this is guaranteed to not differ sensibly in taste or quality, within this period". It does not mean "bad after this date" indeed.
I've once found 70-years-old chocolate that was perfectly fine to use. Just a little whitened, thus, better to use for cooking or hot cocoa than eating directly.
Honey does bear use-by dates, for some demented reason. Honey has been found in 2000 years old roman-era galleons, still perfectly conserved. Go figure why the health authorities demand an use-by date on a product that keeps basically for ever.
This world is headed towards total transparency. Some day, you WILL have everyone's total life at your fingertips.
And everyone will have yours.
Reality is open. Laws are beneath meaningless. If you CAN deploy enough sensors, you CAN know everything. No matter what fiction you believe in, no matter how many others believe in it with you : that is reality, and reality can be measured.
That is a GOOD thing. Trust-free society. Everyone's karma projected right on their faces by technology.
It will be the mirror of humanity. It will scream in its face "THIS IS WHAT YOU ARE".
Really? She believed in that? Who does, no-one. Laws don't do shit. Either they're common sense (don't steal), or don't work. (Don't carry an ice cream cone in your pocket in Kansas Airport, don't copy ideas, all variants of "don't offend", don't grab American communications, don't put things in you that make you feel good).
Rapidshare AG has always bent over backwards to make authorities happy, so what. The Internet will have to get used to use Mediafire instead.
First there was Rapidshare, then Megaupload, then Rapidshare again. Then Mega appeared. Then, a rock-fuckingly stupid german court tells RS to make their service unusable. We the Internet, respond with a resounding silence because we're too busy getting our files from the forty other services lined up to get raided as soon as authorities are done with the more visible ones...
... and after those we still have TOR, FreeNet, i2p, bittorrent, VPNs, namecoin, that JS/WebRTC file server, so, how about "fuck the laws forever, lulz, no data ever bit anyone anyway".