To understand, and ultimately resolve these issues, we have to move past the big lie; that someone, or something, can own content. That's a biggie. Yup, a big fat lie. Here's a little read on the subject, may help to pry open some closed minds:http://harpers.org/archive/2007/02/0081387
Basically, we are all influenced by content, and we all create content. George R. R. Martin did not invent the English language, he simply borrowed on it, and our experiences, to craft a compelling story. That's right. He used our experiences, our words, our songs, our architecture, our movements, our passion, our EVERYTHING.....to become the person he is, and write the way he does. I doubt he's made a point of compensating everyone for the content he used, as that would be quite impossible. After all, he borrowed from life, which is huge.
So why do we have laws against consuming content. The easiest way to understand this would be to find a greedy, lazy, egotistical ass, and look into their soul. That's where you'll find the truth.
But if you'd rather read, I've taken the time to put forward a theory, bits of which I've culled from this thread.
Once opportunists discovered that an experience can be stamped onto a physical medium, they realized that it could be traded for gold. That's gold, Jerry! Gold! Realizing their fortunes were capable of scaling to dizzying heights, they took measures to protect this income. They surrounded themselves with the right people, and had laws fashioned that protected this new "industry". Time passed, and most everybody just accepted these laws as truth.
Now, the physical medium is evaporating, so content "owners" are pushing for more laws, more enforcement to protect their revenue stream. As people start taking pause to observe the machinations of Big Business, they're beginning to question all of these laws, and what their true purposes are. Content owners are getting nervous; given their high expectations, huge egos and enormous appetites, do not expect them to back down.
I could go on and on, but I'll leave you with this. There is a very popular photographer on Google+ who has a realistic and common sense approach to content ownership. He's embraced the Internet, it's users, and he's making money. Take that, ACTA.https://plus.google.com/105237212888595777019/posts/Da1wjfvrLxq