Taking as an example the album Bob Dylan, released in 1962 by Columbia, how likely is it that the fees for covering famous folk songs were paid and that original authors actually received the fees?
For instance, the record opens with You're No Good, which is a cover of a song written by Jesse Fuller, who was still an active musician at the time. As Jesse Fuller was under contract for a different label (apparently, Good Time Jazz and Arhoolie), I'm guessing that Columbia did not own the rights and should have paid a royalty fee to Jesse Fuller.
I am aware that (quoting https://www.jstor.org/stable/4500298 )
The exploitation of black artists [was common practice] in the record industry
but I'm curious about whenever a "shift" of paying what was due had already started when Bob Dylan made his debut -- and so, how likely it is that there was no copyright infringement when this first record was released.