I think it's time to seriously consider ending copyrights and patents completely. Ask yourself - could a complete free for all be worse than what we have now?
While most of the tech world was partying at South by Southwest in Austin yesterday, Yahoo announced it was filing a lawsuit against Facebook for allegedly infringing on 10 patents from their 1,000+ patent warehouse.
As if all of that crap Yahoo claims as their work wasn't already done on some BBS system back in the early 90's. Seriously - wipe the slate clean, and just start over.