Eve is not a hard game at all, Go is a hard game, Chess is a hard game, Eve is a broad game with a lot of things you can choose to learn. The process to build a tech 3 cruiser and subsystems is pretty complex, but buying and flying one doesn't need you to know about that.
I play Eve with my 5 year old daughter (when she's been good of course) and she's quite capable of building a ship and taking it out to run missions, she'll tell you all about her Omen or Punisher and how the colour of the laser affects range and damage. She was even involved in a carrier kill recently, getting a grand total of 5hp damage before her frigate was demolished by smartbombs.
Anyway your characterisation of ' Widespread Protests is so ridiculously wide of the mark that it demands correction, the CSM process includes a method to protest the vote, you simply select the 'abstain' option, and in CSM4 less than 3% of votes registered this option. Turnout is low, sure, but that's more an indication of the indifference by many players, or a general acceptance that the people that do get elected generally are quite committed and don't do a bad job. Even Larkonis Trassler who was kicked off the council for insider trading had been relatively effective at raising issues.
I was also a candidate for CSM this year, wish this story had hit Slashdot yesterday so I could have trying to court the slashdot readers voted.
My kids got interested, and since I had some use for a spare character they both got low level pilots who *love* flying around with me in frigates and blowing things up, they don't have SP or real world skills but they get excited and have a whole lot of fun.
imeem have been doing this for the last few years, and they don't use audible magic, they used the Snocap fingerprint system which apparently was good enough for them to buy Snocap. Their business model has always been built around using the content identification system to make sure the right people get paid for audio played on the site.
imeem is primarily used by people uploading and sharing audio, so using an audio fingerprinting system seems more appropriate than youtube relying on an audio fingerprinter for video content.
Evolution is a million line computer program falling into place by accident.