My wife had me listen to a short section of the "Re-Mix Culture" show from ttbook.org. In this section, Lawrence Lessig, the founder of Creative Commons licensing, talks about the absurdity of copyright law as it currently stands.
He makes some excellent points. I'll point out just a couple, but you'll get more out of the talk if you download the file and listen to his section (near the middle).
1. By claiming that digital content sharing/creation is "piracy" we make ourselves (youth) criminals. This causes huge problems because we buy into that claim and gain a disregard for all law ...much like the days of prohibition.
2. We crush creativity when we tell not only children but also educators that they must not use pre-generated content for learning purposes.
He has a lot more to say, but I'll let him say it.
So, go grab the audio here, and pop forward to about the middle of the show.
Your Media Production Mentor