It just seems to me that the website who is selling the music should pay all the fees. Then when they sell the song or album the buyer should be allowed to play that music on their website just as background music, not to sell to others.
The 75 years was in effect until December 31, 1977 for works created prior to that date, then in 1998 it was extended to a total of 95 years.
For works created on or after January 1, 1978 they have what they call a "life-plus-70 or 95/120-year terms" depending on different circumstances. Here is the site where I found this information: http://www.copyright.gov/help/faq/
It is confusing to say the least so feel free to post a correction if my interpretation is wrong.
When I saw this: " How do I protect my sighting of Elvis?"
I just had to laugh