The point is that a copyright holder doesn't deserve the life+70 or whatever the ever expanding length of copyright is for a work.
How long should it be?
I think it is hilarious that they are so naive that they think rates dropped. They fuck the industry up, people find a way around it, they fuck it up more, people route around that. They will NEVER win.
True, it is impossible to win against a group of self-entitled individuals who feel they deserve everything for free.
The only part of the Microsoft game I don't care for is trying to ship old wine in new bottles
So you'd get longer aged wine for cheaper since it's marketed as younger? Sounds good to me!
"testing their pages"
There's your problem. By and large, many web developers _don't_ test their pages. At all. Of the remainder, many just assume full screen 1920x1080. The office where I work (for now), the senior developers have banned scrollbars. Because reasons. And their attitude is basically "the users are going to get whatever we feel like giving them."
Web Developer here. In my experience* it's because Wed Designers favor aesthetics over usability. They ~carefully crafted~ their pretty page and shudder at the very idea of someone changing it. See also: Disabling zoom on mobile.
* anecdotal, YMMV, etc.
So you want websites to double their development costs and keep two parallel sites up to day? That will work for about a month, and they the bosses will say "Just make one site that works (badly) on everything."
No, they make one well done responsive site, with the same codebase.
I can't tell you how often I have to tell my browser on my tablet to give me the real desktop site
Links don't work, you don't have the same information, the layout is terrible, and you can't find anything.
In my experience and opinion, most mobile websites are written by morons, to satisfy a checkbox defined by marketing, and are generally pretty much useless.
Which sounds like a badly done site, not because it's mobile. I'm all for feature parity.
Since most phones run at the same resolution as a desktop
While my ~5" phone has the same 1080p resolution as the ~23" monitor I'm typing this on, having it exactly on my phone like that would make copy too small and buttons incredibly difficult to press. Yes you could zoom in/out the desktop site, but that's not a good experience either. You're right to question the purpose to a badly written mobile site.
...I think website authors & designers are ignoring what users want or need and instead make something that keeps them involved.
Or they are doing what their users want or need and it turns out people with your wants or needs are the minority.