CD-trading service La La has begun offering 20% of all revenues to artists who register on its Web site.

CD-trading service La La has begun offering 20% of all revenues to artists who register on its Web site.

Artists will be compensated based on the number of times their CD is traded. La La members pay $1 each time they request a CD, so if an artist's album is traded 1,000 times, that artist is eligible for $200.

Only living artists are eligible, and La La will deal only with the respective artist or their manager. Revenues will not be shared with labels.

"We think artists are working professionals just like all of us, and we want to make sure they get benefits just like the rest of us," says La La founder Bill Nguyen.

Any of the 20% of revenues left unclaimed via this system will fund La La's newly formed Z Foundation -- a healthcare assistance fund for musicians. The Z Foundation will pay a percentage of artists' monthly healthcare premiums on a sliding scale based on how much traffic their CD makes via the service.