Go read the Podcasting Legal Guide. Be careful, it took me about three days to make it all the way through. It's Long. Then, once you've read it, tell me that the copyright system hasn't become bloated and unweildy. It would take a cadre of lawyers to produce a podcast that incorporates commercially available music. I don't even want to think about the difficulty that say a movie producer must go through. Not that I really feel sorry for the media companies who have made their own bed.
And considering all the parties affected by a possible redrafting of title 17, I find it doubtful that we could ever come to a reasonable solution that would accurately reflect the Constitution's original compromise. Yes, I'm saying it's pretty much hopeless. Except for Lawrence "The Hopester" Lessig's Creative Commons. It's concise, easy to read (in both legalese and lay terms) and it puts real power into the hands of the author. It's a breath of fresh air in these times of muddy copyright law. Go Larry!
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