It comes as no surprise that the views on copyright run the length of public opinion. Not only do the Cary Shermans try to manipulate the public view on copyright, but we have the ones that oppose copyright and what it has become. A very complex number of laws that seek to inconvenience rather than innovate. In order to figure out what you can lawfully do with your own content, it would require ten lawyers and seeking permission from untold numbers of people for what should be a simple entertainment choice.
As Public Knowledge points out, a very simple routine can become horribly complex fairly quickly. The concept of trying to spend time and money with an inefficient way to preserve jobs is beyond ridiculous. And for what purpose? More money in their pockets? As it stands, Warner Home entertainment attained $2.6 billion in 2011 revenue - down from a peak of $3.5 billion in 2007. They’ve seen other avenues increase in profitability while trying to make consumer services inconvenient.
And yet, near the end, Warner Bros maintains that everything must be monetized. Why? Everyone doesn’t like every music. Not everyone wants DVDs. Maybe the concept of providing access to those movies and a Steam-like offering would bring in more sales. Tthe people have shown how to make money. The market is moving away from $20 DVDs. More money is being made in digital formats, not shoddy control schemes such as Ultraviolet, which the consumers as well as reviewers have destroyed. What will it take for Hollywood to understand what their customers want? Piracy has always been the model for innovation. To try to eliminate it merely shows how ineffective their own business models have become.