Oh come on, you can do better than “cabals”. Why not “mustache twiddling robber barons”?
But in point of fact, the "content providers" in Hollywood and the publishing industry have a lot in common with the "robber barons" of yore: they all want the government to prop up their business model against actual and potential competitors. Standard Oil and the oligopoly of railroad companies (with local monopolies) were not built by the free market, but by suborning state legislatures to put support anticompetitive practices and use eminent domain on behalf of companies, rather than the public. So "content providers" have gotten Congress to subvert the Constitutional intent of copyright with life plus
50 70 year "limited terms" (anyone betting that when Steamboat Willie is about to go into the public domain the same folks won't be agitating for 70 to be replaced with some number greater than 80 would be a fool) and importing the notion of droits d'auteur, quite alien to the concept of copyright at the time of the American Founding -- we've seen the results recently with similarity of musical sound being the basis for a judgement against active artists on behalf of an artistic estate.