I stumbled across an article that is worth sharing because it is something affecting coffee shop owners in Florida. It’s about music royalties. If you play music at your store, especially live entertainment, you may be in violation of copyright law. When a songwriter signs with one of the licensing companies — the country’s three biggest are BMI, SESAC and ASCAP — his or her music is copyrighted. Unless Hall pays the three major companies, and even some of the smaller ones, she would be breaking the law by having musicians perform songs written by others. “It makes me so angry,” Hall said. “People like playing here because it’s not a bar, there’s no smoke and it’s a clean environment. I feel like the greedy music industry is extorting money from us and hurting these musicians just starting out.” In addition to the $400 she has already paid ASCAP, she routinely receives annual bills from BMI for $305 and from SESAC for between $250 and $300.