Pink Floyd members Roger Waters, David Gilmour and Nick Mason have reunited, not for a performance, but to team up against Pandora, the streaming internet radio station.
In an op-ed piece for USA Today, Floyd calls out Pandora for their lobbying efforts on behalf of the Internet Radio Fairness Act, which would cut the rate paid to musicians by 85%.
"It's a matter of principle for us," they wrote, citing that the "services should fairly pay the artists and creators who make the music at the core of their businesses. Nearly 90% of the artists who get a check for digital play receive less than $5,000 a year. They cannot afford the 85 percent pay cut Pandora asked Congress to impose on the music community."
The trio also calls out Pandora for sending letters to musicians asking them to support the act without mentioning the pay cut:
"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."
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