Patents are not needed by pharmaceutical companies since the only research they fund is to modify their own drugs so they can get another patent on a variation when the current patent runs out. (And, of course, nobody else can get a patent on any variation because its too close to the original.) Funding new drug research comes from grants from the gov't or other outside organizations.
I find that many writers and artists completely ignore two markets: eBay and craigslist. They still want a middleman even with ebooks. In the new world of epublishing, you have to do your own sales or you're just as likely to get screwed as with traditional outlets. :(
There is no balance; there never was a balance. Have you ever read any of the copyright "agreements" offered to artists and writers? There are for _all_ rights. That means, if you're a musician, and you sell a song to a record label, you _must_ pay for playing your song every time you do so. Yes, even though you created it, you can't play it without paying. If you are a writer and sell a story, you can't write a sequel, prequel, or or work using the any of the characters or settings without giving (that's correct, giving) it to the publisher. And in the US, you can be sued if you don't.
Copyright was never about balance. It's about creating a monopoly for the copyright holders, the big money companies. And by monopoly, it means that big money can force the creators to accept whatever pittance they're willing to give to the creators. Creators do _NOT_ benefit from copyright, only big money.
There is nothing wrong with DMCA. Currently it allows anyone in the US to remove any content from the web just by posting a notice, exactly what the big-content companies want. Well, not completely. It is still too reasonable priced; it allows little companies to take down big-content sites too but, don't worry, they going to change that soon. ;)
Putting the internet under the control of a small group just makes it easier for the 1% to get their greedy hands on it. The internet will better serve the People if it remains the way it is, distributed.
There are plenty on DRM-free music and videos available on the internet to fit any tastes (and some are exceeding tasteless for those who like bland :)). I haven't listen to music from the record labels in years. There is plenty of other selection.
How can the US government be so stupid about the internet. At one time, DNS resided on servers because they were the only things big enough for it. But today, even a MP3 play has enough capacity to host DNS. There is nothing to stop everyone from downloading and running a personal DNS, with multiple sources from anywhere in the world. All this censorship does is put more power in the hands of the people.