I talked for a long time with News and Observer reporters about copyright, ASCAP, and karaoke performances in local bars. Of course it’s not only about karaoke; it’s about all performance of the works of artists, composers and publishers represented by ASCAP. Any how, I got nine words into print edgewise: “The law is about performance rights for the creators,” but also read it in context here. Yes, it’s about more than that. I know. I said more.
I applaud The Cave in Chapel Hill for their sign and their policy “Attention all musicians: No cover songs. Original music only.”