The Pirate Bay issued this thought-provoking press release [on January 18, 2012]:
"Over a century ago Thomas Edison got the patent for a device which would 'do for the eye what the phonograph does for the ear'. He called it the Kinetoscope. He was not only amongst the first to record video, he was also the first person to own the copyright to a motion picture.
"Because of Edison's patents for the motion pictures, it was close to financially impossible to create motion pictures in the North American east coast. The movie studios therefore relocated to California, and founded what we today call Hollywood. The reason was mostly because there was no patent.
"There was also no copyright to speak of, so the studios could copy old stories and make movies out of them -- like Fantasia, one of Disney's biggest hits ever.
"So, the whole basis of this industry, that today is screaming about losing control over immaterial rights, is that they circumvented immaterial rights. They copied (or put in their terminology: 'stole') other people's creative works, without paying for it. They did it in order to make a huge profit.
"Today, they're all successful and most of the studios are on the Fortune 500 list of the richest companies in the world. Congratulations -- it's all based on being able to re-use other people's creative works. And today they hold the rights to what other people create.
"If you want to get something released, you have to abide [by] their rules. The ones they created after circumventing other people's rules.
"The reason they are always complaining about 'pirates' today is simple. We’ve done what they did."