The various music collection societies keep insisting that they're just the important middlemen helping make sure artists get the royalties they're due. Except, for some reason, they keep getting caught not actually giving that money to artists, but hanging on to it
themselves. Billboard reports that the Dutch collection society, Buma/Stemra, is happily telling people that revenue rose by 2%
last year -- though, oddly, the Billboard report leaves out one rather interesting detail. Reader Marcel de Jong
notes that Buma/Stemra invested a bunch of the money it collected for artists
into the stock market and then lost a chunk of it
, so it's paying artists less money than it collected for them. What's unclear is if Buma/Stemra would have paid out more if it had made money... and also why it's gambling on the stock market with money it supposedly collected for artists.