Music Industry Shaking Down Coffee Shops
Somebody please tell me this is a joke.
A restaurant owner who doesn't even offer live music was approached for payment for having the TV on while the Monday Night Football theme played. And if the owners pay up to one licensing company, all of the others start harassing them, calling four times a day, demanding payment too. It sounds like they don't even check whether any copyright violations occurred, they're just sending bills to any business that may or may not have live music.
This is getting a little out of hand now. Downloading mp3's without paying anyone - fine. But playing TV in your bar?? Are you kidding me?!