In recent dispute over album tracks slicing (which floyd are against) on itunes and some dubious accounting practices used by the media mafia to rip off artists lets hear what techdirt had to say about the matter and another recent story regarding radio play "royalties" that US radio stations alone are not paying.http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20100310/1352318509.shtml
This story is as old as the recording industry itself. The labels have always worked hard to avoid actually paying bands anything.
But what made it worth mentioning is that the lawsuit has come out at just about the same time that the record labels are now hilariously trying to claim that radio stations are "pigs" who refuse to pay musicians. In one of the more juvenile pranks out there, a lobbying group supported by the labels is going around with a giant inflatable pig, mocking radio stations for "refusing to pay musicians for their work ."
You would think that the record labels would be smart enough to avoid making an argument that could so easily be turned against them. How about before you go blame the radio stations for not paying the labels to promote your acts, you start out by paying money to some of your top selling acts who claim they've never seen a dime in royalties.
You have to hand it to the recording industry labels they are so glutted on the artists royalties that paying the artist anything is often seen as beneath them, just throwing them a few crumbs now and then is no longer something they can get away with and I expect many other groups will wake up and sue with a positive benefit for fellow artists who simply started out wanting to share their fun and talent and got sidetracked by the bean counters who monopolise recorded music.