I just want to clarify that Maryland’s statute limits the DNA analysis to 13 loci that can’t be used for anything but identification. There a criminal penalties levied at anyone that would misuse the DNA. This is essentially DNA fingerprinting and nothing more. The court has this right.
I don’t really think copyright law is as bad off as its reputation implies. It certainly has flaws, such as EULAs being allowed to essentially negate fair use and pretty absurd anti-circumvention provisions in the DMCA, but for the most part it’s not really all that broken. What I will say is a problem is the amount of damages allowed by copyright law. When a record label can sue a college student for millions of dollars that he’s clearly not going to have, I think we’ve reached a point where we should contemplate the damage calculation scheme. Courts have agreed on that though, it’s just up to Congress.