Pandora has stopped paying performers who recorded before 1972. A bizarre interpretation of copyright law by Pandora, Sirius and Clear Channel has led these companies to seemingly collude and simultaneously stop paying artists on all pre-1972 sound recordings. We suspect this is likely the work of Artist Enemy #1 Chris Harrison of Pandora. That means the Estate of Gil Scott Heron will not be paid performer royalties for Pandora’s commercial exploitation of this song. It should be noted that as much as we criticize Spotify they at least ask permission and then pay for the right to use this song. Pandora does neither.
Contact Pandora and ask them why they have stopped paying artists like Gil Scot Heron on Pre-1972 recordings.