Musicians’ rights battles

Read this summary of the slowly (but surely) brewing battle in the music industry between the RIAA and the artists, over seemingly everything: length of contracts, royalties, pensions, copyright, ownership, etc.

Can someone tell me what’s going on? This is the second time in recent memory I’ve linked to a fairly interesting USA Today article. It’s always been the national US version of the Toronto Sun or Vancouver Province in previous experience with it.