Wired columnist Jennifer Granick has a great article about how she “started thinking about what it would be like if there were an RIAA for ramen”:http://www.wired.com/news/columns/0,71688-0.html?tw=rss.columns which leads her down some very interesting paths.
They’d form an association — say, the Ramen Industrial Alliance of Asia, or RIAA — and announce a clampdown on the proliferation of infringing noodle shops. Their arguments would echo the music industry’s. “The chefs who created ramen deserve to get paid for their creation,” they’d say. “These noodle shops are taking profits away from the creators, while peddling an often-inferior product to an unsuspecting public that believes they are getting real ramen.”