Re: My Song Was Played 3.1 Million Times on Pandora. My Check Was $39...
The problem with that is, like others have stated on here, most artists now don't write their own material. Especially the bigger artists. So, while it's awesome for you and I that we can expand our musical horizon by being introduced to new music on spotify and pandora, it doesn't benefit the songwriter. I am not a professional songwriter but understand that they are the life's blood of the music business. If you create something, you deserve the right to make money off of it and moreover, you deserve the right not for someone else to make money off of it while paying you table scraps. It doesn't matter when a song was recorded, it was still created by people that deserve compensation. The large majority of people arguing on the other side don't have the talent to create a song that anyone would listen to and furthermore don't seem to understand that basic notion of intellictual copyrights. I guarantee you if any of these people went out and created some widget that we all used, they would want to be compensated now and in the future for what they created. If there wasn't value in these songs, companies wouldn't be using them to make themselves money.