There was a movie a few years ago, “The Mouse that Roared”. And there have also been a raft of online music piracy lawsuits designed to protect the music industry “monopoly”. But the horse is out of the barn, so to speak, since digital media – by its very nature – is open, immediate, portable, and extremely difficult to control.
So we have another conversation – not too controversial though – regarding the rights of musicians, publishers, and distributors of entertainment content.
Once all the analog entertainment distribution systems have disappeared, we will need new legislation and acceptable practices to shape the monitization of the new systems from artist to consumer.