Okay, the Smashing Pumpkins frontman was actually asking the House Judiciary Committee to pass the Performance Rights Act, which would give artists royalties for having their songs played on the radio, rather than just the songwriters, but the end result would be
After the jump: your farcically-named DJ tries to untangle this moral web.As a former FM radio employee and current internet radio employee, as well as a supporter of musicians in general and a sort-of musician myself, I’m not sure where I come down on this issue. Sure, it seems unfair and weird that regular radio gets to play songs on the cheap, and artists deserve fair pay for commercially successful work, but the station I worked at couldn’t even afford, like, pens, so I’m not sure where that money will come from. Plus, I get the feeling that at the level where this law might make a difference, an artist will already be pretty comfortable, but I could be wrong. Maybe Corgan should have just gone a step further and asked Congress to nationalize the music industry? Then, once you’re in the Punk Rockers’ Union, you’ll just get a stipend.