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  • Oct 15th, 2011 @ 8:42am

    Extortion

    "BMI usually tell venues that they need to pay anyway, just in case someone plays a single covered riff."

    Under the law, this is "Prior Restraint" and is illegal. You cannot be compelled to pay a license fee because you *might*--at some fuzzy point in the future--use copyrighted material.

    Reminds me of Al Capone's "protection" racket. I agree that prosecution of ASCAP and BMI under the RICO Act seems appropriate.