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.
The problem with patents is that they're relatively easy to get and difficult to get rid of. It is this simple fact that allows them to grow and encroach on areas that the legislators could not envision when they created the laws. Resetting patent law back to what it should be will not stop this behaviour. It will just come back sooner or later (most likely sooner). The only way to stop patents from stifling innovation is to get rid of it completely. Patents: just say no.
With all the American sites protesting SOPA/PIPA, there are few which have figured out what they actually mean. If they get passed, then the US will be isolated from the rest of the internet. And for some strange reason, they think this will be a hardship for the rest of the world. Stop living in the 20th century. Since the crash of '08, the rest of the world has been trying to make up its mind whether the US is that important anymore. And most are thinking it's not. It would be ashamed if they were passed but if they are, say hello to backwater USA.
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.