A Very Similar discussion occured under "Intellectual Property" in the this discussion forum.
My view is right up there with Mudjack's Once the words/tune are spoken/played and they are heard through any public medium THEY ARE PUBLIC PROPERTY!!! If someone else uses them - and they get paid. Be happy! You have just contributed to the public economy and it didn't take no bloody big brother dispursing the pounds through the dole after takin his cut of the taxes.
If someone else performs it better'n you. And the public pays. Kiss off - They out bested ya.
In a FREE ECONOMY there ain't no copyright police!!!!
Let the public set the price. We don't need no stinkin' Keynesian's involved with music.