Back in the 1990s there was a PSA called "Don't Copy That Floppy." It was a horrible thing, but it had a message. 20 years later, we laugh at it, but ignore the message. As a result, the US government is mulling SOPA and Protect IP. In essence, these pieces of legislation are the result of US ignoring the publishers' pleas. It's not the fault of the government, it is the fault of the people that this is being considered.