The sad thing is that the legislative history of this bill is actually worse than Boucher makes it out to be --- while there weren't serious, substantive changes to the "content community"'s proposal once it hit Congress, there were serious negotiations between the "content community" and other business interests --- the electronics manufacturers, among others. That negotiation resulted in the "content community's" proposed bill, which they then, as Boucher describes, effectively rammed down the throat of Congress as a fait accompli. There's an only mildly sanitized account of the negotiations here, by one of the participants.
The upshot is a bill written through a process in which the private interests of various big businesses were considered, but the public interest was handwaved away.
So once again,
- People of the same trade seldom meet together, even for merriment and diversion, but the conversation ends in a conspiracy against the public, or in some contrivance to raise prices.