Re: My Song Was Played 3.1 Million Times on Pandora. My Check Was $39...
You may not like it, but fair rewards for artists really are a human rights issue. You are evidently not familiar with Article 27 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which has been adopted by the United States and most other countries. Part 2 of the Article states:
"Everyone has a right to the protection of the moral and material interests resulting from any scientific, literary or artistic production of which he is the author".
Of course, this does not mean that anyone who claims to be an artist is entitled to make a living from it, but it does mean they are entitled to enjoy the benefits of the economic value of their work if it has any. The economic value of a work of art is the price that would be agreed between a willing buyer and a willing seller in a competitive market place operating under the rule of law. At present we do not have such a market place for recorded music, because the law which protects producer's interests is broken with impunity. No commodity would have any economic value if its producers were unable to prevent anyone from taking it without permission or payment.