On Friday (Nov 16th), a republican study committee chaired by US Congressman Jim Jordan published "RSC Policy Brief: Three Myths about Copyright Law and Where to Start to Fix it." This was a remarkable and insightful statement of the issues and suggested some possible resolutions, all in just a little over 8 pages of text.
Unfortunately, someone (we assume the copyright lobby) got to them within hours of the document appearing and the publication was pulled from the committee's website. Luckily, in the Internet age, copies were preserved elsewhere. As I write, there is a copy here.
The first myth is "The purpose of copyright is to compensate the creator of the content."
Of course the truth is the US Constitution establishes copyright (in Article I, Section 8, Clause 8) “To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries."
In other words, the purpose of copyrights is not to protect Disney, but to further progress and innovation in our country.
It gets better. Read the eight page study here. If that copy has been taken down, Google for the title. If you can't find it anywhere, write me.