That is the problem though!!!
This is fundamentally the issue though, in the US at least.
In the US we have fair use, but there is too much money flying around Washington, such that big business gets to make up its own laws which trump those already in place.
We have 2 laws which contradict each other and big business has more clout (read $$$) than anyone wanting to defend the principle of fair use.
In the UK, there isn't even a fair use clause. I was born in the UK and lived there for 25 years and when I was a kid I had 100s of 'illegal' tapes. When I got money I bought hundreds of CDs. At the time I was able to do whatever I wanted with my music. Car, office, computer, anywhere with no hassle. Today I will not buy a single DRM piece of music, e-book, movie download. I but DVDs but immediately transfer them to my Popcorn Hour. I want to pay, then watch, but under my conditions, not the movie industries crippled environment.
Someone previously mentioned the stupid playback controls on DVDs. I don't read the English FBI warning. Why the hell should I be forced to watch it in French, Portuguese, Spanish, Russian, Japanese, Chinese, Italian, Swedish, brail etc... Then the trailers...
I used to copy DVD purely and simply so I didn't have to watch all this crap every time I put the darned disc in.
Sorry... on a rant there a little...
The premis that a law is there to impose the will of the people, and to protect the will of the people is no longer applicable.
Politicians are no longer servants of the people, but of the mighty $$$