i notice people are keen to keep their own rights and jump and scream when someone infringes them, however they think that they can just steal from others (eg use their intellectual property without paying), it's a double standard that has gone on too long and other types of 'stealing' are a felony, so why not this?
On Planet Earth circa 2011, the "truth" is whatever the major media outlets say it is. If they can control that so-called truth, then people can be made to believe, for example, that the unrelenting bombing of a north African country is not a war, it is something called a "kinetic action". The killing of innocent people is for "peaceful purposes". Welcome to 1984. So for major media, all of which are owned by major multi-national corporations whose interests are not necessarily what is best for working class people (in any country), it is essential that they define the limits of what can and cannot be reported. Thus, shutting down alternative media by any means necessary is an absolute priority. Upcoming developments such as cloud computing will likely make the control easier, as the storage of alternative media will be considerably more limited than it is now. So first we'll see the restrictions on YT about song covers, and when the public buys that, we'll see restrictions to information that does not come directly from the official major media outlets. It is of course a contradiction of what the internet was supposed to be ~ decentralized open access to all forms of information, no matter how goofy or extreme ~ but be that as it may, the PTB see the problem with decentralized open access, and so by any means necessary, they will attempt to shut it down. And almost without a doubt, Google will add its considerable weight to the multinational camp, being as they are a full-fledged member in good standing. You can bet on it.