> But that very response throws into question the wisdom of assigning a large number of copyrights to a resource-starved central organization. A more distributed approach to dealing with copyright violations would seem more sensible.
Surely you're not serious.
"A more distributed approach" to ensuring wage fairness would, using your statement above, be to have each union's members face the company individually. Are you similarly against unionization? In this context, your statement above is absurd. Unions exist precisely because individuals cannot hope to remedy disagreements with a substantially larger organization without centralizing. How free are you to walk off the assembly line when it's just you instead of all of the workers walking off? How good of a negotiator can you afford individually, vs what the union can hire or keep in-house? Indeed, the FSF can brandish much more resources than can a union because they can accept donations from anyone--not just Free Software "employees."
Rather, the hurdle seems to be the "resource-starved" part, which is much easier to remedy for a single large organization than myriad private individual maintainers. I believe John mentioned the solution elsewhere in the comments. :)