It's pretty hard to say no when the guy with the biggest guns and millions of murders to back them asks you to do something.
Serious question: do Europeans ever take responsibility for anything, or do they just like to blame all their failings on the US or use some variant of `I was just following orders!'?
Also, copyright is a lazy protection. If it weren't there and I absolutely had to keep you out, I could do things like encrypt the binary in parts so that it never appears in memory in it's entirety. It wouldn't stop anyone dedicated, but it'd keep out 99% of people.
that field would be far more advanced by today if we didn't have copyright
Doubt it. It's not advanced because it's not that interesting. Everyone can write code and share code and be sure that, because of copyright protection and whatever OSS license, it will be returned to the public. Surely this is better than having to fiddle with hex dumps for ten hours just to understand that they changed that int to a float.
(and already, despite copyrights, we're seeing hobby projects which disassemble amiga code and turn it into x86 binaries with added functionality like opengl graphics)
68K isn't the most complex processor in the world; it's pretty easy to understand. Slogging through disassembly of modern x86 produced by a compiler is a total bitch, (like when you first see a COBOL program that was written by multiple people over 20 years). Seriously, what the fuck is the instruction `CVTTPS2PI' supposed to be? Well, it converts two single floats to two signed integers by truncating the fractional part. Obvious, right?
Everyone cheers these big payouts but forgets that in the end we pay.
Tough shit. Let me guess, libertarian? I love it when they preach freedom, but get pissy whenever someone else's exercise in freedom ends up costing them.
to people who would be lucky to make a million in their lifetime
How dare they aspire to anything above their station.
yet complain when it means their medical costs go up to cover the doctors insurance premiums.
And insurance companies that regularly insure shitty doctors will go out of business and the quacks can't practice anymore, raising the quality of healthcare provided for all.