The Government Accountability Office just released a study on piracy. As you are aware, Big Media managed to get Congress to pass the DMCA, which has no safeguards against being abused and has been used mostly in YouTube wars and by politicians looking to get incriminating videos gone. Fair Use and personal liberty have taken a backseat as the Content Mafia tries to force us to buy their crap. They treat us like criminals with no evidence of wrongdoing (how long did it take for them to get rid of DRM for MP3's?) Part of the reason I will not buy a Zune is because part of the money is a royalty to the Content Mafia -- the head of the RIAA said MP3 players were just "repositories of stolen music". Buying blank media, part of that money is also paid to the Content Mafia for shows you may or may not keep that will cost them sales. I have over 1,000 CD's. They should be thanking me for my business, not lumping me with the channers.
The GAO report mentions that piracy is a blight and all that stuff. However, it also points out that the figures and statistics supplied by the RIAA and MPAA are seriously flawed in their processes. They are questioning the estimated costs, the estimated participation, and so on, and questions if the recommended measures are truly the best response.
Whoa! The government is actually paying attention?!? How'd that happen?!?