Well, some people are happy with the complexities. Not least, the rapidly growing rights administration sector, which works for rights owners, artists and licensees.
Plenty of entrepreneurs have recognised that there is money to be made by helping other people navigate the complexities of copyright ownership.
There are now agencies working for rights owners who are keen to ensure they are getting every penny they are due, artists who suspect they are not receiving all their neighbouring rights income, and licensees who can’t face the thought of identifying and dealing with multiple stakeholders to use a single recording of a single song.
These companies would still have a role to play even without the complexities – as efficient administrators and effective deal makers – though with copyright ownership information sometimes so hard to find, those with the knowledge and patience to navigate the complex licensing ecosystem can charge a fee for that service.
Cynics might also argue that collecting societies have something to gain from the complexities, which possibly meant it was unwise to have them as the principle funders of the GRD.