Re: My Song Was Played 3.1 Million Times on Pandora. My Check Was $39...
The concept that a small group of talented people should contribute and the much larger group of non-contributing people should benefit has been tried. It now sits in the trash bin of history, with names like The Soviet Union and the Peoples' Republic of China. The problem is that, without the possibility of bettering their own circumstances, there is no incentive for those with ability to produce anything. That is the future the music business faces, and it is already happening. If the interest of the people who love music still exists for a particular creation, the artist who CREATED that music -- who, generally speaking, has no way of profiting by it through concert appearances or other live performances -- deserves to be paid. If Pandora can't make it as other radio stations have for decades while paying ASCAP and BMI royalties to the songwriters, they deserve to go under. The songwriters do not.