Think about how the current logic about IP protection plays out when it's not about music and movies, but about the food supply. Don't doubt for a second that the issues being played out in downloading will have huge implications for the entire world.... Just wait until we get to the agricultural version of the RIAA crackdown. ...
From the New York Times -
A federal judge let proceed an antitrust case that accused the Monsanto Company and other big agricultural seed giants of conspiring to control the world's market in genetically modified crops.
This antiturst suit was brought by farmers, who complain that Monsanto (which produces about 90 percent of the world's biotechnology traits, the genes that transform ordinary seeds into new types of crops and then patents and licenses its traits to other seed companies), Bayer, Syngenta and Pioneer (the world's largest seed company) conspired to drive up prices.
Monsanto (which, as you may recall, morphed from a chemical company to a "biotech" company) has already famously sued farmers for IP infringement, including a Saskatchewan farmer who vociferously opposed the introduction of Monsanto seed in his area, but whose crop was cross-pollinated by a nearby field.
Monsanto is also the purveyor of the "terminator gene" which renders next-generation seed sterile -- you have to buy new seed every year, instead of saving part of your crop for planting. Farmers outside the US, who have been saving seed for several THOUSAND years, are fighting this "feature." Oh, and Monsanto is a leader in finding crops that do well in certain areas, like India, (because they have been selectively bred to thrive there by many generations of farmers) and patenting those genetic strains. So the farmers who plant that crop, but don't buy the seed from Monsanto and its competitors/alleged co-conspirators, are violating Monsanto's IP rights.
But, of course, it's a lot easier to form crucial IP laws and practices favorable to industry about something like music downloads, and then apply it to everything else that comes up.