A Pending Distraction

Because, of course, righting a 70 year “wrong” will take precedence over something as trivial as reforming health insurance or financial markets. Dispute Heats Up Over New Fees for Playing Songs on Radio [pdf]

For more than 70 years, royalty payments for air time have flowed to the songwriters and music publishers but not to the musicians or record companies. Now there is a renewed drive to revisit that arrangement, and in recent weeks the volume of the discussion has increased several decibels.