I just couldn’t resist posting (and “stealing”) this ironic comic. But Cagle does have a good point — there are lots of people who depend on licensing intellectual property for their livelihood and they should be protected. The question is what is the best way to do that, and balance their rights with fair use and the public interest.
I do have one quibble with Cagle’s comic, in that he makes the common mistake of equating copyright infringement with theft. As I have pointed out previously, the US Supreme Court has ruled that copyright infringement is not the same thing as stealing.