My point, in short, is that the digital distribution method is inherently flawed. We need to be somehow paying collectively for the creation of anything that can be distributed at zero cost, rather than trying to pay for the distribution itself.
It is not inherently flawed; it is flawed because people abuse it and think they have a right to something just because it costs next to nothing to reproduce. There cannot be collective paying for the creation of digital goods. It would have to been done internationally since anything can be shared anywhere. Who collects? Who participates? Why would anyone participate (ie why would you pay for it if you know you can still get it for free?)? Who decides what is made? Who actually makes the stuff? I would never participate in some weird collective creativity - I am not a mass consumer of most media anyways. Most of the worlds population isn't. You would never be able to force anyone to help pay for the creation of goods.