Here's the true story:
The four largest record companies are suing The Ellen DeGeneres Show for using songs without permission. The "violations" in question are when Ellen does her wildly popular dance segments to pop songs. The suit includes more than 1,000 songs that have been used without permission.
OK, there's the law - and then there's good business. And once again, the recording industry is proving that it's not just the value of radio airplay and promotion they are thumbing their noses at. When DeGeneres does her dance routines, it places their songs in the most positive possible light.
Short-sighted. Pig-headed. Out of touch.