As the RIAA prepares to apply it's webcasting royalty rates to over-the-air broadcasters (link), all in the interest of putting more money on the hands of recording artists, it's fascinating to periodically check the list of artists that the RIAA simply can't locate: link.
Sound Exchange (the collection arm of the RIAA) prints a list of artists who can't be paid, because they can't be found! If they can't find them, they have no choice other than to pocket these artist's cash. And it's all legal.
Sound Exchange's "Unpaid Artist List" includes such recluses as Ted Nugent (for the Amboy Dukes), Kraftwerk, Kruder and Dorfmeister, Pizzicatto Five and The Dust Brothers, to name but a few. If only these artists could be located, then Sound Exchange could pay them their hard earned royalties! After all, this is exactly what Sound Exchange exists to do. What a shame that artists like Lene Lovich, X-Ray Spex and Rita Lee can't be found.
As the Sound Exchange website states: "If you know any of the featured artists contained on this list or have contact information for them, we would greatly appreciate it if you would notify them that SoundExchange is looking to pay them the royalties they are due."