Re: My Song Was Played 3.1 Million Times on Pandora. My Check Was $39...
Congratulations to anyone scrolling this far through the comments.
1) Your royalty rates appear low because you are a co-author and splitting the dividends with your co-writers.
2) Your royalty rates appear low because you are earning roughly only 11% of what the publisher is collecting from Pandora.
3) If your song had been played on the radio this number of times, you would be receiving a $7.86 paycheck. 39 bucks isn't so shabby.
4) Pandora is asking to pay publishers what radio stations pay publishers. That's fair, since they are an internet radio station. Unless you believe that all things "on the internet" deserve a special internet tax for being new and involving technology. If you do, you have a different concept of fairness. I might suggest going back to analog recording, though...
5) If you have a grievance with your royalty rates, I'd suggest taking that up with your publisher or your co-writers, who are probably better off than a company that has never turned a profit. But, if you wish to be stubborn, by all means milk it for what it's worth until you run internet radio out of business. And then you can be $39 (plus whatever other internet streaming revenues you're getting) poorer and happy that you're not getting bamboozled.