Should Media/Tech Companies Be Determining Our Copy Rights?

Earlier this week “representatives of the music and tech industries pledged to oppose government-mandated technology to stop consumers from copying copyrighted songs and video. Instead, the technology and music companies agreed to collaborate on creating their own technical solutions to preventing the swapping of copyrighted materials. Press releases announcing the deal called the agreement ‘groundbreaking.’ At least one news organization followed suit and labeled the agreement a ‘landmark’ in its headline.” But is it a good idea to let the companies themselves decide which rights the public ought to have?