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Charles Alexander

I would love to see a similar analysis from someone at the RIAA or the NMPA or even Pandora and just bring the facts instead of the fear and/or their own biased agendas.


The only problem with Jay's perspective is that he's making the exposure versus fair compensation. At some point "opportunity and exposure" just turn into "exploration" and the "new math" represents that unfair exploitation.

The real bottom line with any web based music model is this, NO MUSIC = NO BUSINESS. So really, these businesses need to think about who is making their businesses possible, and that's the musicians and songwriters themselves. These web businesses exploiting artists are far worse than record labels ever were trading dollars then for fractions of a penny now.

Let the free markets work by granting artist their fundamental rights to Consent and Compensation and removing bad actors such as pirate sites from the marketplace. Then well see a sane a vibrate marketplace where everyone wins.


Embracing the new just means that some CEO of a company that thinks music is a service and the company stockholders benefit.


Excellent post, Jay

Jeff Van Driel

Nice analysis.

In my observation, the following is especially relevant and absent from other commentaries:

"let’s assume that Lowery actually got paid by Pandora at the 29% higher rate to put his songwriting revenue on par with what he receives at radio. His take-home figure would now be $21.79. His blog post would likely have had the same impact at $21.79 as it had at $16.89."

Jacquelyn B

Great post~ nice to read something thoughtful on this topic for once. You have a very interesting point regarding "spins" vs. "impressions"...

Do you feel impressions should be considered when defining royalties or are you just providing another angle to the on-going debate?

I ask because while an interesting post, since royalties are currently defined on a "per play" basis not a "per listener" it makes this post really an esoteric discussion~ or do you disagree?

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