In all honesty, there will eventually be laws in place to protect copyrighted material online. What we need to do is find or draft a bill/act that will protect original content without completely controlling the free web. I just think people need to realize that pirating on the level it is now won't be around forever.
As much as we enjoy having all these things free at our disposal with little to no consequences, we have to be realistic about this and try to find a solid medium that keeps both sides happy.
I don't agree with the way these past bills/acts are written. I am in no way supporting the government controlling our internet. I am just being reasonable in saying that companies need to have their original work protected in some way.
The only way i can legally see this happening is if hardware companies put some kinda code in ALL hardware that wouldn't play downloaded/burnt material. and then they'd have to change their own DL coding a bit too so legal stuff (like say...games/movies/tv shows) that actually have a digital version meant to be DL'd and watched, would play fine. Obviously, the downside to this is that hackers are persistent and would find a way past it in most likely a short time, and companies wouldn't want to keep remaking/tweaking the coding of hardware all the time. of course, they could always make it so you can watch shows off of some website without being able to download, but people can still record it with a program/camcorder. technology is a blessing but will always be abused. and i don't see the governments of the world banning technology . i say they should screw worrying about internet piracy and world on colonizing space. .
There will always be ways around hardware limitations, so even if the hardware companies did something it wouldn't work. the only way to stop piracy for good would be complete transparency of the internet, which we don't want (I don't really like it if people that put everything they do on facebook, say this, but even they have the right of filtering. I don't have facebook btw, so I'm allowed to say it XD)
Actually, colonizing space may be a more reachable target right now, considering that the OPERON accelerator accelerated matter (to be precise neutrionos) to about 7 km/s above the speed of light, which could remove the current limitation set by einstein, we could probably build space highways (linear accelerators) to bring us to distant planets rather fast. Of course the OPERON experiment still has to be verified...