we've seen it with the theory of post-scarcity economy; but what about academic research? I always maintained research should be available for free but with acknowledgement of authors. It is thus interesting that Harvard takes that path. "Harvard Faculty Agrees To Free Up Its Research" (13 February 2008) http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20080213/003344243.shtml
If the EU goes that way, what about theft of IP address? Think about what stealing a postal address is and compare: same issues at stake; not so much, actually IP is worse.
"Is Your IP Address Your Personal Information?" (23 January 2008)http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20080121/19520029.shtml