So, if I have this right: A bunch of useless cunts can't figure out how to exploit their own talents to make money, but god forbid anyone else should know how to do it.
So called intellectual property is an artificial monopoly to begin with, and it is becoming more and more clear that it is not suitable in the digital era. Just as the popularization of the printing press created a need for reformed perceptions and essentially the founding the intellectual property principles, the digital revolution requires some radical changes in perceptions.
The most balanced approach would probably some form of mandatory licensing. If you are the producer of a creative work, you must apply for a copyright registration, and set a value to your work. If someone wishes to use it, they can purchase a license for that value or not. No registration, no copyright. That essentially creates a free market for creative works while still protecting the creators rights. At the same time it protects the consumer from the anti-competetive behaviours we see with "exclusive distribution rights" etc. Any party has an equal opportunity to access any media.
This does not completely cut out the middle-man, but makes that role much more competitive and puts the power back in the hands of the artists, while putting more money back in the pockets of the artists.