Shakedown Music Licensing Fees?

Here’s a report from New Hampshire of what happens when local bars and restaurants pull the plug on music because of music licensing fees. According to the report, a local bar owner in Hampton Beach, NH, was forced to pay $17,500 plus attorney fees to BMI after being sued for patrons singing karaoke songs in the venue. While it appears BMI ultimately succeeded in its lawsuit, local musicians are losing out because they don’t have a venue to perform music. According to a musician quoted in this article: “Middle class musicians are really hurt by BMI, ASCAP and SESAC royalties being so high for venues and restaurants and bars that aren't able to keep up and pay those dues."

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