Sony BMG pulling a “Cheap Trick”?

We just spied this on MP3.com – a whopper of an accusation laid at the feet of Sony Music BMG – you know, the guys who settled their payola accusations only to get sued over copy protection? sc27.jpg

Basically, both the Allman Brothers Band and Cheap Trick say they’re being shortchanged on digital music fees.

Viz,

“Sony Music is presently engaged in a widespread attempt to underpay its recording artists,” music attorney Brian Caplan said in a statement. “With the technological advancements in the music industry, where many people download songs to their iPods and other portable devices, it is essential that artists receive the royalty income to which they are entitled.”

It’s really hard to beleive Bertelsmann didn’t want to renew Andy Lack‘s contract, isn’t it?