If you want a real education on how about how "copyright and its importance to the creative industries", see This 12-part video. As Fortiori pointed out above, it's the industry, not the pirates, who are taking advantage of artists.
The whole system is designed to give the artists as little pay as possible, in addition to as little control over how their works are used as possible. If anyone here thinks that the artists get a fair cut of the money you might spend on music, think again!
Book authors are also stuck in the same boat: if the book is published through a major publisher, odds are, that author is getting paid very little for his/her works.