Perhaps unsurprisingly, artists are getting nervous about the PRS-Google dispute.
Beth Orton has come out in favour of royalties:
"Certain people can’t just make money from gigs, can they?" she told BBC 6music.
She added: "You should get money from recording, because record deals are different now as well, so it would make sense that revenue has to come from somewhere. It's been lovely for me because I've had the last two years to just concentrate on my little girl.
"That's been from working really hard for 10 years and then being able to live off the back of what I've done when those little royalty cheques come in."
Well, yes, and nobody wants to take bread from Beth Orton's children.
But this isn't really anything to do with the falling out between PRS and YouTube - this is about the rate paid for showing videos via the internet. And, from the collection agencies' own account, YouTube doesn't deliver enough money for anyone bar the largest bands to keep body and soul together. And forcing a royalty rate that makes it too expensive for YouTube to feature videos isn't going to do anything to change that.
Billy Bragg also seems slightly confused by the economics of the new music industry, telling Guardian readers:
"Our [the Featured Artists Coalition] target is not the music fan but the businesses that are making huge profits by exploiting artistic content for which they pay little or nothing at all."
The FT was carrying a prediction that YouTube will make USD180million in profits this year. This time last year, there were just under 80 million videos on YouTube, one in five of which were music. The rate of upload suggested a million new videos being added every five days, so roughly we'd be looking at something like 150 million videos by now. So, if we assume that the profits are drawn equally from the various parts of the site, that suggests YouTube makes USD18million in profits from the music videos - or about sixty cents per video. Given that successful videos are viewed millions of times, it's not entirely clear where Bragg has got the idea that anyone is making "huge" profits from. The numbers are large, but not once set in the scale.