I am learning guitar and found out that Justin Sandercoe (from famous guitar teaching website justinguitar.com) has been forced to remove some of his lessons because the song he was teaching his audience how to play was copyrighted.
Is this because he makes money off ads?
When exactly is it illegal to perform a song on an instrument I am learning?
If I don't pay a mechanical royalty am I not allowed to perform the song for myself in my own home with no one around as guitar practice? What if it's a small private party and someone busts out the guitar and plays a well known song?
What draws the line for when it is illegal to perform a known copyrighted song?