Am I the only person who has a problem with royalties? I'll just pick a random artist.... Paul McCartney. Don't get me wrong, I really enjoy the guys work. A lot. My issue is that an artist like McCartney who wrote a song in 1965 is still earning income from it. His children will earn money from it, and maybe grandchildren as well. Now let's say that my father (in 1965) was a coal miner. The work is much much harder. There are no royalties. The work that my father performed is not providing his grandchildren with squat unless he saved some of it. Is there a better payment structure for musicians? Does anyone have any insight into why the royalty system exists?