Noone are denying the worker conditions
Noone are denying that the actual creators, be that musicians, photographers, programmers, or otherwise creators, are generally SHAFTED by the publishing industry.
This is exactly why our current copyright laws NEEDS to be remade. They aren't doing what they are supposed to do.
The intent behind the copyright laws, was to make sure the creators didn't get shafted by the printing shops. This was when the printing was a lot more expensive than it is today.
However, the publishing syndicates, along with the recording industry (when that was created), the movie industry (even newer), tv-industry, and video-games industry have turned that around. Instead of the creators being protected against greedy publishers, today the greedy publishers are protected from their customers. Since most of the industry-owners that are contributing to the campaign coffers of the politicians (what would be called "corruption", if it happened in a country we disliked!), are the owners of those inbetweens, the laws has been changed so much that the original creators no longer has any rights (see: slave labour), and the customers have even less rights (remember, we're being degraded to "consumers". This is to stop us from having the rights granted by law to regular customers. Wait and see.) While the administration of the publishing corporation can siphon off enormous money. At the same time, those publishing companies are using every trick in the book to avoid their only real expense: Investment in productions. Their regular trick is to set up a new daughter-company for the production, and use that company to BORROW money from the banks. Then if they decide to pull out, they kill off that company (making sure the company owes its parent company more money than it owes the bank), getting rid of the debt, getting rid of the workers, while grabbing the "Intellectual property" as a downpayment for the debt. Thus, the banks (who run the real risk) and the workers are shafted, while the main company grabs even more money. This is made possible by the loopholes the bought-and-paid-for politicians have greased in the stock-laws, bankrupcy-laws, and copyright laws.
So, we see that more laws than the copyright-law needs an overhaul. Unless we start off by closing off the loopholes for corporations to donate politician-money through the names of their employees, and close all the other laundering-holes that allow corporations to pay for politicians, there is no point in fixing the copyright-law itself. They WILL break it again. As long as corporations have more rights than individuals, they WILL KEEP ON breaking it. And as long as we more-or-less have corporate ownership of the worlds largest military force, the rest of the world has a problem, unless it accepts the law-changes they are spoonfed. Notice however that the same greasing-laws are starting to appear as EU-directives aswell. And notice how the EU-council are "appointed" by career-politicians, instead of being elected by the people. The way the EU is set up, European "consumers" have even less rights than the US ones. (Atleast the US ones can elect their senators). Even for a non-EU-member like Norway, the EU-directives are spoonfed through the EEC, which was forced on the Norwegian population (we had a general election for EU-membership, voted no, and six months later we were an EEC-member instead.), and no politician has the guts to say "let's shred the EEC agreement" before an election. Atleast they had the integrity to say no to a change in our constitution. (the rejected change would more or less surrender sovereign rights from Norway to the EU. Last time those rights were removed from Norway, was when we got some German visitors a while back. I sincerely wish we could treat those EEC people as we treated Blücher.)
So, back to the subject: Are we going to see those rules for "file-sharers"? It wouldn't surprise me one bit. Given the way politicians are being paid for, it wouldn't even surprise me if we get a "media purchase act", adding a levvy to all recordable media (including hdds), to compensate for downloads, and then get laws that make it a criminal offence to download, probably punishable by half-a-lifetime in an outsourced re-education-camp run by the media syndicates. This way they get to shaft us both ways.