OK, so basically law in the Western world and certainly the US (as in, what it was founded upon at least) is run democratically - or at least representatively of democracy (govt representing people's wishes).
I think it's fair to say that more people agree with online distribution of free TV programs, music, etc., copying software and so on than not and so that is the people's wishes. So why does the govt not legalise this?
I am aware that Norway and Sweden (and maybe others) have far more relaxed laws, so it is possible. So this begs the question 'why is it not that way?'. Yes, big companies have power and money to tempts govt but ultimately people have more power than anyone if they actually just stand up together and tell the govt to sort it out
So I have to ask, why do people not stand up for their moral, democratic rights? Why are people not pushing harder?
The UK has seen the launch of legalised TV download services (I'm only aware of the UK, as I'm British) and so it shows that - IT WORKS! As mentioned, Norway actually allows you to copy software and give to other people (I think!).
But regardless, people are meant to ultimately be responsible for their country's law and yet we have this crap like Davenport in the UK going on. A govt only exists because people allow it to do so. We are the nation of our countries.
Why, why, WHY?!