Let's face it, the advances in technology have usurped the original concept, protection and recognition of the original author/artist/performer.
It is so easy to copy today that the idea is toast.
In order to protect and reward originators there needs to be a quick and easy way to pay, even a nominal sum, for the use. The original ITunes concept was that but was hobbled by the big music interests which led to widescale piracy, added to by torrent, etc.
The really unfortunate part of this story is that it is another example of how big business gets its way. I would have hoped that the Obama administration was above it, but obviously not