torrentfreak has a good article about record companies being forced to pay out $45m in damages for illegally using songs on compilation cds. yep.
“over the years the labels have made a habit of using songs from a wide variety of artists for compilation cds without securing the rights. they simply use the recording and make note of it on “pending list” so they can deal with it later. this has been going on since the 1980s and since then the list of unpaid tracks (or copyright infringements) has grown to 300,000 in canada alone…warner music, sony bmg music, emi music and universal music were sued for the illegal use of thousands of tracks and risked paying damages of up to $6 billion. today the news broke that the two parties have agreed upon a settlement, where the record labels are required to pay $45 million to settle the copyright infringement claims.“