Pink Floyd have accused Pandora of ‘tricking’ artists in supporting a cut to their own royalties from the internet radio service.
In an open letter published in USA Today, band members David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Roger Waters (pictured) speak about emails from Pandora that are asking musicians’ to sign a 'letter of support' for internet radio.
The support is said to be in aid of a Congressional petition to pass a special law that would allow Pandora to give artists an 85% artist pay cut.
The letter doesn’t mention any figures, says the band. “A musician could read this 'letter of support' a dozen times and hold it up to a funhouse mirror for good measure without realising she was signing a call to cut her own royalties to pad Pandora's bottom line,” add Floyd.
“Nearly 90% of the artists who get a check for digital play receive less than $5,000 a year. They cannot afford the 85% pay cut Pandora asked Congress to impose on the music community. Tricking artists into signing a confusing petition without explaining what they are really being asked to support only poisons the well.”
Last year over 125 bands and artists combined to oppose Pandora's campaign to cut the royalties paid for digital radio spins.