As technology takes a more efficient turn with Pandora, some musicians are not having it. With complaints of unfair royalties, Pandora has just settled onto Pink Floyd’s bad side. The surviving members of the critically acclaimed band unanimously agree that Pandora is not fairly treating musicians and hope speaking out will change that.
Pandora has shocked many as they ask Congress to make a cut to musicians’ pay. Using sly tactics, such as a support letter for internet radio, they have managed to lure musicians into signing something that was meant to be supportive, but ended up having negative impacts on the music industry. Managing to cut musicians’ pay by 85 percent, Pandora has turned the tables on musicians, causing a stir among Pink Floyd and fellow musicians.
“Tricking artists into signing a confusing petition without explaining what they are really being asked to support only poisons the well.”
said Roger Waters, David Gilmour, and Nick Mason.
Defending their positions with facts, Pink Floyd’s band members are outraged by Pandora’s cost complaints. Referencing their IPO that has raised to $235 million and their gain of double the amount of listeners, Pandora has seen much success, and is not sharing it fairly with the musicians that helped them reach it.
“Fine print is one thing, but a musician could read this ‘letter of support’ a dozen times and hold it up to a funhouse mirror for good measure without realizing she was signing a call to cut her own royalties to pad Pandora’s bottom line.”
said Waters, Gilmour and Mason.
Although the remaining members of Pink Floyd support internet radio, their main goal is to see all musicians profit fairly.