So many ROMs are available, so many that would never be updated, too. If my “Cookie Monster Phone Home” paranoia ever had any basis in fact, it would still pale in comparison to the ability of some ROM doing keyboard-captures and transmitting those - via email for off-line machines, via always-on-CONNECTs, anything.
And heavens, the whole MIDI-ized world of instruments - capturing and transmitting new music before publication… yeowy. The Everly Brothers walk into their studio only to discover WAKE UP LI’L SUZY’s already been recorded by some bubble-gum boy band. RIAA merely tells them, “That’s the luck, boys… you can’t prove a thing, so go home and write us some more hits. Meanwhile, we need to stamp out accurate download numbers in Pirate Bay again.”