Could be more sinister than that, actually. There was a report recently about corporations starting a "whisper campaign" against Fair Use--basically, trying to get it into the heads of legislators that Fair Use was a bad doctrine to support and that it violated the rights of artists. Getting amateur artists up in arms about a bill like this (which basically doesn't exist in the first place, other than in potential, and even then it's vastly different from what people have suggested it was) supports their point that copyright law needs to be more stringent.
I'm not saying there's a conspiracy behind this or anything, but when you hear about campaigns like this and then see something that would just be a huge feather in their cap....it makes one nervous.
Copyright, as it stands, is totally broken right now. The version of the bill that might actually go before congress (but probably won't ever pass, given the power of lobbies like the RIAA and MPAA ranged against it) would actually be a step in the right direction....but not a very big one.
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