Seismologist writes: The Seattle Times is reporting thisstory about the ASCAP going after local establishment owners for allegedly not paying music royalties. From the article, it sounds like the ASCAP group has "agents" listing in on what the bars are playing over the speakers:
A Seattle restaurant is among more than two dozen venues swept up in a music-licensing crackdown for allegedly failing to pay royalties to play copyrighted music in public. Without a special license, owners of bars, clubs and restaurants could be sued for playing any one of 8 million recorded songs, even from their own CDs. The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) says that equates to performing copyrighted music without permission, and the group is going after local businesses that haven't paid them for the privilege.