May be a silly question, but everything one reads, hears on the news, etc about these two organizations seems extremely negative. They are obviously employing scare tactics in a effort to coerce large numbers of people into paying ridiculous amounts of money for music and when their tactics fail, they resort to bullying.
My original understanding of the purpose of these organizations was to ‘protect’ artists and ensure that they get paid for the performance of their music, but it seems that this is a ploy and their actual purpose is to perpetuate their own existence?
The only ‘musician’ that I’ve ever heard defend these organizations is Gene Simmons of Kiss, and quite frankly I’d expect him to, as he hasn’t been a ‘working musician’ for years and appears to be a greedy has-been.
So I really wonder, why are such organizations still in existence?