Hang on with your broad generalizations and abuse of language. I'm an author. I sell my books. If people buy them, how is that a "tax"? How is the sale of a book in a free market a "levy"? You are using these words with such woeful ignorance it's hard to know if you are sincere, or a troll. How am I "taking an advance on the proceeds"? What does that even mean?
And my last book, I wrote a few months ago, and I'm expecting to die in a month or two now (terminal cancer), and I really hope my book sales will provide some kind of income for my kids, who are young and will have lost the person who housed and fed them since they were babies.
Are you saying that the act of creating works, and selling them in a free market suddenly become "immoral" if one dies? Do you have a basis for this?
As for the copyright system, it was never a "reasonable compromise" nor was it ever meant to be a monetary incentive for creators. Utter rubbish. It was lobbied and enforced by publishers (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Statute_of_Anne) on behalf of publishers. It was, and still is, all about creating a monopoly on reproduction, to benefit the powerful.