The question about lyric makes me think of how broken capitalism can be for creators in this day and age. I am an artist who fully supports free culture and thinks exposure of artwork and peoples ability to consume and interact with it is paramount, and that any restriction remove it within a place with 0 sacristy (the web) does so much more harm than good.
Without those lyric websites, I would not as easily be able to learn to sings song I like, and there is a very strong trend for me to buy song I know the lyrics to. I also have learnt a tremendous amount from the discussions mentioned, and some of my favorite artists are my favorite because I was able to have discussions about the meanings of their songs.
Of course though, artists not getting paid is also something I am extremely against, as an artist myself. Making money on art requires more time and effort than almost any other field, and there is an entire culture of expectation that you should do it solely for the love of the art, and not money. I think most artists could get behind merely social fame and not monetary success,
IF this did not leave most of us starving artists.
I say copyright itself is a broken solution to art being undervalued, and is actually incompatible with a very real post scarcity of art. Copyright only matters if you can afford lawyers to uphold it when the entity who infringed upon it is a tangible person/company. If some tangible entity stole MY artwork, all I could do, like most artists, is spread word they stole it, and hope people will sympathize with me, yell at the offending party, and generate more publicity so that it comes back to me in the end.
And if it was stolen by 10,000 people, and I lost 100,000,000 views that don't trace back to me? Copyright does nothing.
What we need is attribution systems built into our media, so that anyone who finds an image/song/text segment, can easily trace it back to it's source. Because as an artist, all I want when someone else posts my work on the internet, is for people to know I did it, and come look at more of my art. The monetization is frankly a lot easier once you have viewers.