Yep, these outfits never have the slightest interest in protecting the actual “creator” of any given work, but when there’s a major corporation and its money involved, it’s all different. I am also a songwriter who has had copyrights “mechanically infringed” and, really, nobody cares. I often wonder how many of the writers of the songs in these “compliations” are getting screwed out of their money. Most of them, I expect. “Airplay” is the only place any writer has the slightest hope of being compensated as per the agreement unless he is an independent record label selling his own product directly.
I gave up on the big record companies year ago. I am self-published, and sell my stuff through cdBaby or at gigs.
I get a royalty check for mechanical downloads from cdBaby, but have never gotten a penny from BMI of which I have been a member for quarter of a century.