From Tom Fine: "Are you saying that artists should be paid for free
Record labels used to tell artists that they shouldn't receive royalties
because of the free publicity too. It's the oldest scam in the music
I'm saying that choice should be up to the artist because it's their music
and their livelihood. Webcasters always have the choice not to play artists
they can't reach an agreement with.
It's actually very debatable how much an artist actually benefits from
airplay. The Digital Media Association couldn't demonstrate to a panel of
judges that the benefit to the artist was comparable to the benefit of
playing the artist's music was to the webcaster.
And again this is a 6% increase in the cap on royalties an artist can charge
and not a mandated royalty everybody has to pay.
Bob Olhsson Audio Mastery, Nashville TN
Mastering, Audio for Picture, Mix Evaluation and Quality Control
Over 40 years making people sound better than they ever imagined!