What's your take on this?
"On a Friday night in November 2014, the band at Tadpole's bar and restaurant in Brandon played hits such as Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville, Hank Williams Jr.'s Blues Man and Brantley Gilbert's
Not everyone in the audience was there to enjoy the music.
"Among them was a 'music researcher' hired by Broadcast Music Inc., or BMI, to document the performance.
"Tadpole's hadn't paid licensing fees for those copyright-protected songs. A few months later, the owners landed in federal court for that night's performance. Unable to absorb a settlement of $30,000, Tadpole's closed last spring."
It doesn't seem complicated to me. The songs are the creations of Jimmy Buffett and Hank Williams Jr. How does it make sense for anyone other than the creators of the songs to set the rules under which the songs should be played?
I consider it coercive and the utmost in arrogance for someone other than the creators of songs to think they should set the rules for use of songs over the rules set by the creators of the song.