Isn't this all rather old news? The indie bands/labels worked this out 10-15 years ago. Admittedly they all tended to be the same kind of music (hence the genre's now called indie music), but anyway. And various musicians (Dave Stewart for one) have got their own record labels to do right by the artists. So why don't more artists read the small print instead of getting sucked into punitive licensing deals?
I know the situation still exists, and I think the fact that the record labels can do it is worrying, but to make out like it's only just become common knowledge is a bit strange.