... Lets not forget the movie industry, software industry, gaming industry, and probably a multitude of other industries that could easily claim victim to on-line piracy. We'll need to collect for them too! I have no problem with copyright holders defending themselves against piracy. If I were fortunate to have material worth anything I'd want to protect it too. But the system seems doomed to kill the industry promoting it. If the latest movies, music, and games were actually freely available on line there would be little incentive for consumers to purchase. Without any incentive to purchase there is no incentive to produce. Without production, there is no cause for the levy. This would seem to leave the industry right where it is - still needing to deal with piracy so they have some material for purchase. Of course, if they get handed 20 billion a year, what do they care?
It seems the only real solution for the industries is a method to make it likely to get caught and fined for on-line piracy. If legislators want to stand up to the problem, there is the solution.