Mudcat Café message #1715433 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #90420   Message #1715433
Posted By: Jim Dixon
11-Apr-06 - 04:39 PM
Thread Name: House Concerts a Federal Case
Subject: RE: House Concerts a Federal Case
As I understand it, a critical factor here is that the "house concerts" were being advertised on the Internet. (The host says he has quit doing that.) That's crossing a significant line. It's equivalent to putting up posters in a public place. It means it's no longer a private party but a public event. Complete strangers can show up and presumably be admitted.

I'm not saying I would want to ban this activity, but I can understand how it would make some people nervous.

And perhaps the relevant question is this: If you don't draw the line between public vs. private events, or between commercial vs. non-commercial events, then where DO you draw the line?

I think we would all agree (wouldn't we?) that communities have SOME right to limit what goes on in them. So where would YOU draw the line?