In this age of more and more disposable entertainment and media, I admire this reminder of what it takes to create art and why it has a value beyond just enjoying it:http://musicfeeds.com.au/news/uk-artist-slams-tv-company-over-free-music-requests/
The TL;DR is that a major company trying to get an artist's work for nothing because "there was no money in the budget for music" deserves neither the music nor anyone's sympathy and the artist does a brilliant job of exposing their miserly attempts at getting something for nothing.
Not to get on a high horse, but if I can pay for my music, then certainly a large company can find it in the register or the couch cushions, to do the same. And having licensed music for productions in the past, there are always options to make your budget work for you. If even that fails, there is still lots of good free
music out there if you're willing to make the effort, instead of just taking the cheap & lazy way out.
I liked this guy's reminder that creativity is not just its own reward, and, yay Capitalism!