The real issue in this situation came from the public who already had access to media content that they loved, and could spread it around the world without ceasing. To them, the album wasn't just the center of a particular lawsuit, but was representative of the freedom to creatively act in the music industry and continue to enjoy the gift of music left by The Beatles.
In the video spotlighting the issue of copyrighting as related to "Girl Talk," DJ Spooky made a powerful point about the use of media as creating the culture we live in. In a paraphrase, DJ Spooky noted that society "will use the media around us," as we live in a "media cloud." Whether we like it or not, we are exposed to this content and it will come into play in the way we live our lives and express ourselves. According to Spooky, "we create a culture from media, and so their has to be an exchange," between producers and consumers. There must be a place for this kind of artistic, cultural creation to come to fruition. If artists are truly creating music for the purpose of fulfilling a passion and contributing to the cultural scene we create, the use of that content shouldn't be limited to solely making a profit for a producer.
There is clearly no excuse for maliciously stealing another's work and using it to further one's own name or wealth. Also, the rights of producers need to be considered and not stomped upon. However, in the case of "The Grey Album" and so many others in the genre of samples/mash-ups, intentions are not to be malicious, but to further the original contribution of the artist in a way that adds to the culture of our time. It is time for a reconsideration of the intentions and legitimacy of copyright laws, so the media industry can arrive at a place where the rights of all artists and producers are heard.