Good point Chris, I was meaning forcing people to pay for content and content providers to stay in line with the status quo, not so much advertising etc. but maintenance of the status quo and using that to stop any attack on copyright legislation. By default I think this is just part of the “we are the rulers” and you cannot stop us making laws we want to pass for whatever reason (corporate manipulation comes in here).
In terms of the politicians, I believe this did help, but I also believe the sand filled in straight away and we returned to the status quo. I seen this in the UK recently where they passed emergency snooping laws in such a short time that nobody could really get together and get the politicians attention. This is the issue, the sand has filled in, now terrorism etc. is used to prevent even this kind of activism.
I think it needs real tech based solutions to just make this kind of market manipulation and political manipulation to control the value creators (the poor) just become much harder. Our legislatures are failing us left and right. At the moment there is a significant “trade agreement” going through back channels that will allow large corporations to reach well beyond their own borders and beyond the law of member states that sign up to this (UK will I am sure sign up).
So I agree, this story has a specific story to tell, but I feel its part of a much larger picture and linked to many other systems controlled by people who should not necessarily be in control.