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Clearly we now need copyright to extend backwards into the past, before the work is completely finished. Otherwise, how are artists like Da Vinci supposed to protect unfinished works like the Mona Lisa?
It's the principle of the thing. If they complained when we made one copy in shoddy quality for a personal friend that we had to sneakernet over to their house, there is no hope for even trying to reason with them now that we can create perfect digital copies and share them en masse. Their "happy medium" is pay full price, every time, no refunds.
I bet you read through EULAs all the way through too, right? It's pointless to have that signature. I've considered what they would do to me if I just refused to sign it. Clearly that wouldn't be evidence enough that I had cheated or helped someone cheat, and even if it did they wouldn't be able to reprimand me since I didn't sign it. And if they can reprimand me for cheating without signing the honor code, then why do they have me sign it in the first place?
Yes, also, if you give tax breaks to the rich, they'll spend it all and help out the lower ranks of the economy. Not only does this idea look great on paper, it's also really easy to implement, since it's the rich of the country that have the most time/resources to lobby the government.
Really? You think putting a Linux distro on a USB stick is easier than burning a CD? There's a lot of good reasons for putting Linux on a USB stick, but convenience of setup is not and will never be one of them.