A Dirty Trick on Cheap Trick

is being played by Sony Music, who’s being sued by both Cheap Trick and the Allman Brothers Band for royalties they say are owed them from the legal sale of online music. The nature of the dirty trick mentioned is that Sony is treating the sales of online music as a physical sale, which allows them to deduct costs such as 20% for physical packaging, and 15$ for breakage, neither of which apply to a digital file. Let me say that this doesn’t surprise me, between the Sony Rootkit fiasco, and the original idea Sony has of Digital Rights Management – it’s obvious that Sony doesn’t give a hoot about their customers, so it only follows that they’re going to screw their artists over.