Lawyers arguing for money over sound and light waves
The really telling thing here is that pictures and sound recordings are meaningless, valueless waves. The Mavrix and Universals of the world are just gatekeeping middlemen with the high hopes of using a bit of sound or a ray of light in perpetuity, and charge anyone and everything over and over for the right to hear or view it. Sounds like some criminal operation. Here's the thing, music is over-valued. Musicians are not great geniuses. Prince was just a little purple guitar guy. His fans and his music company think that there is value in his music. I fail to see it, so I don't buy any of it. Nor do I think someone should have to pay for having the drugged-up twangings of an over-rated guitar player playing in the background of a more interesting work of video. The Mavrix and Universals of the world could dry up and blow away, and we'd all be better off for it. They provide nothing of real value.
Same thing with movies. Let's take a prime example of complete and utter shit: After Earth. Now I saw it was playing one day on a channel that I had to pay for as part of a package via old-time cable/satellite services. So, I copied it. Just like I could with a Prince song I hear on the radio! No difference. And I keep it in my Kodi lib to remind me that Hollow-wood is not infallible, and there are precious few genius level entertainers, practically none. You roll out some footage, then expect consumers to pay over and over for each new release on each new delivery platform. Fuck that. I stole a shitty movie, and I ain't giving it back, nor will I be punished for it, ever. The only thing more useless than Prince or Will Smith and his boring offspring, are the idiots who think their works should not be sent straight to the public domain three months after initial release. Early adopters can, but I ain't buying it! :P