I agree with you, but the situation is not as glum as you point out.
Basically the laws have not kept up with "modern" technology.
This is nothing new.
Rather ironic that 200+ years ago, USA broke away from mother britain because of unfair taxes.
And yet it is USA and EU which are pushing the unfair "taxes" or levies on the rest of the world (and thier own people for that matter).
Back when edison invented the phonograph, majority of the cost of a record was the actual physical record.
Today an artist writes a song. Lets say he sells it on the internet. What is his actual cost for replicating the song, virtually nothing.
So when the majority of the "price" of a product is pure profit, then that means it is economical to steal the product.
Ironically the thing which large companies promoted to increase profits globalisation, is going to work against them.
I always laff my head off when the president of PH for example talks about how she is increasing the fight on piracy,
Meanwhile go to any market which is ussually next to the police station, and u will see the latest DVD for sale at $1-2 a copy
If the americans and EU actually manage to force these countries to crack down on piracy .....
Well it is a full fledged industry here. It provides countless jobs etc.
As more and more people end up in jail or are fined, well basically you will end up with the same thing that happened in Libya for example.
My father worked in Libya during the early 50s. He had forced worked in Texas and Canada then followed the oil patch to Libya.
In the 50s Libya was little more then a US puppet state. There was the huge Wheelus air base and the British military bases.
Because of the oil discoveries, the few rich got richer, and the poor got poorer.
To make matters worse, many of the soldiers on the base where black americans.
After being abused in USA so badly (my dad was in Tx during segregation), the black soldiers would abuse the locals.
If a local was walking on the side walk the black american would shove him off the side walk.
Again my father did not fault the black american, he was a victom also. Kinda like someone abuses you, so you go home and kick your dog.
No wonder when some guy like Quadaffi came along, they where happy to back him and throw out the americans and british.
Then the americans and brits can not figure out why does libya support terrorism against USA etc.
Yah Quadaffi is a tin pot dictator and tyrant But things for the average person are better under him then before.
No i do not support Quadaffi.
But lets see. Someone gets kicked 3 times a day. Then a new leader comes along, and he only kicks me once a day. Hmm i wonder who i will support.
Point is that Apple,MS,Google and who ever should clean up thier act on thier own accord.
In the case of Libya, maybe if the oil companies had not been so greedy Quadaffi would not have gotten in power.
Consquence is these oil companies lost everything.