Is it just me, or is copyright becoming a real pain in the butt at a consumer level?
Reality is that people lend each other books. No doubt they also give each other electronic books. They certainly give each other ripped music.
We seem to be stuck in the myth that writers are suppliers and readers are consumers. In reality, most writers (and musicians) couldn't give their art away. Writers gain pleasure writing. Readers gain pleasure reading. Most writers are avid readers. Many readers write too.
So let's recognise the whole thing as a symbiotic relationship, and stop threatening to sue a few billion people who share electronic files and always will.
Sure, companies should still pay for selling books and music or for using it for commerical purposes, but why shouldn't consumers be allowed to share their enthusiasms without the gratuitous threat of prosecution hanging over them. Nothing much will change except that the world will become a marginally more benign and kinder place.