There's no independent study done on the numbers yet as far as I know, but I do regularly see articles about these matters: http://www.1up.com/news/games-market-defrauding-industry-claims http://www.joystiq.com/2008/09/26/bungie-game-companies-should-pocket-money-from-used-sales/ http://boards.ign.com/tiger_woods_golf/b6470/191889962/r191898696/ If I remember correctly, in Australia they already introduced a resale royalty on paintings: http://www.google.nl/url?sa=t&source=web&cd=9&ved=0CFMQFjAI&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.law.unimelb.edu.au%2FCMCL%2Fmalr%2F8-4-3%2520Lewis%2520Article%2520Formatted%2520for%2520web.pdf&rct=j&q=australia%20copyright%20paintings%20selling&ei=jVRpTO7mDsn-OeWljLkF&usg=AFQjCNHcvE-SgYsNg5mNT1i7qzbHjkkUBw&sig2=qXQFyA4C9JbO4_QDTLYmCQ&cad=rja As for your last statement, I would agree, but it's not easy to find political arguments against it as long as the purpose of copyright is seen as the profit maximization of producers rather than a necessary evil to the progress of science, culture, and art to the benefit of society. The Americans have the purpose of copyright locked in their constitution; in Europe, there IS no such purpose written into law, so no standard to hold new legislation to. As such, copyright gets defined by the strongest lobby campaign, and by sneaky secret agreements like ACTA, rather than being based on proper economic arguments. Don't be surprised if the EU soon introduces a resale royalty for all copyrighted works. With MEPs like Janelly Fourtou, wife of Vivendi CEO Jean-René Fourtou, in charge of copyright reform, this is hardly unthinkable.