I can turn any link to my website into infringing content simply by changing uploading different content to the same address, thereby making anyone that links to me a criminal. So go ahead and make linking illegal. It'll be fun.
Yes, but it's likely that someone will always control cultural influence - either the current gatekeepers or the gatekeepers of tomorrow. That control might be temporary or intangible but it will always be worth something.
There is still another aspect where they retain control and can do so even with the internet and that's directing masses of people to be interested in their product over any other product. This fight is a great example.
In a world where everyone can publish without a gatekeeper, the prize goes to the person who can get the most attention.
There's a difference between following the advice of the president, and being forced to adhere to the president's will. If I was in charge of a federal agency, I'd be very interested in what the president wants even if I'm not beholden to that.
Killer Joe happened to be a popular stageplay, so there is an audience for it. The fact that stores won't sell NC-17 movies is a bigger censorship issue and I praise the (very good) director for not buckling to market pressure.
I can understand why a producer would be upset by that since the producer's job is to watch the bottom line, but blaming the director for the movie's failure, esp. since the director apparently has final say, is a crappy thing to do.
I don't know why I'm bothering to reply to your trolly comment but...
You completely fail to understand the difference between defending Megaupload and being appalled at the abhorrent and careless actions used by the government to take them down. Even if it was Adolf Hitler selling infants into sex slavery, it wouldn't justify the government's actions. The ends do not justify the means, and it has absolutely nothing to do with supporting piracy, so please shut up about it.
And I'm a copyright moderate. The basis of the law is incentive for artists, and it works because it prevents companies like Warner Brothers from simply taking my ideas and making a big movie without credit or compensation. But the law has become unreasonable and needs serious revision in a way that doesn't entirely benefit big companies like Warner Brothers. They haven't been willing to give up control, but people have taken it from them anyway.