I’m not a big fan of current copyright laws. They do nothing except bully fans and reduce any type of innovation. But really, charging people to play covers of music to a coffeshop audience of 40 is about the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard.
I come from a family of musicians. Nearly all my friends in high school and college were musicians. Believe me, I’ve heard a lot of covers. But how, how I ask you, can covering a song in anyway affect sales of music? If anything, it should increase sales because it is increasing exposure. *sigh*