the money collected will make a big difference to small operations.
Yes, I am sure it will. Small operations will cease to exist due to not being able to afford these ridiculous fees.
Kassandra: I am rather curious how they will police the weddings with two different tiers. Will they send someone to every wedding reception to make sure there is no dancing going on?
Most likely as with other venues that play non-member original music only have to pay fees anyway because at some point they "just might play something covered", you will probably always have to pay the higher fee because "someone might dance" even if they weren't supposed to.
I suppose maybe a lot of this is free publicity. In a world of Hollywood accounting, free publicity is a horrible thing. If stuff is free, how can you charge the artists for it until they they owe you everything? If a project actually makes money, people would expect to get paid. So it makes sense to have it all taken down. Even if the stuff you paid for gets taken down, you can still charge for it, it's not your fault nobody saw it.