The practical impact of recasting copyright as an investment vehicle is that the new owners will ruthlessly protect their investment. It's easily conceivable that an investment firm would file vast numbers of "sounds-like" copyright infringement suits—for virtually every two-bar snippet of melody or five-second sample of a recording.
In the end, every new piece of music will be deconstructed into components, at least one of which is close enough to an existing copyright-protected work that the investors would be able to justify suing the new creator into oblivion.
Are not all politicians liars? Literally all of them?
When I was a child, I used to think this was (or should be) illegal. But it's actually protected speech, thank you First Amendment.
The only consequence when a politician lies is that they might get voted out in the next election. But that requires a politician's constituents to
a.) Remember that the politician lied.
b.) Care (actually, care more about the lie than about just pwning the other party).
It doesn't matter what the FBI wanted to ask him (which, as the article clearly states, was mostly answered in the news story that had been published a year ago).
What does matter is that journalism is a constitutionally protected activity and the right to protect journalistic sources has been upheld repeatedly at every level, all the way up to the Supreme Court.
The reason journalism is a constitutionally protected activity is (among other things) to hold governments, officials, businesses, and individuals accountable for their actions. Without the protections guaranteed by the first amendment, democracy would have died long ago.
Your logic is flawed. But purchasing a multi-leg flight and skipping the last leg, I'm actually saving the airline money (in reduced fuel costs) and creating more space for other passengers (overhead bin space being premium real estate, everyone is happier if there's a little extra).
This in no way increases costs for other passengers. Nor does it reduce the operator's revenue.
If there exists any financial penalty to the operator at all, it is a self-imposed one that could be addressed by charging the same fare per leg as for direct flights between the same points.