WOLD Fined For Unlicensed Music Broadcasting
July 20, 2012 at 2:15 PM (PT)
A VIRGINIA federal court jury rendered a verdict of $276,000 against TEC 2 BROADCASTING Classic Rock WOLD/MARION, VA for the unlicensed broadcast of copyrighted songs represented by the performing rights organization SESAC. The station has also been permanently enjoined from performing music in the SESAC repertory without a license. The plaintiffs will also seek to recover their attorneys’ fees and other litigation costs.
"Lawsuits are the absolute last resort for SESAC when all other avenues of compromise and reason have failed," SESAC Sr. Counsel/Licensing Operations JONATHAN FARMER stated. "SESAC is willing to work with any unlicensed radio station to secure proper authorization and avoid a copyright infringement lawsuit which will cost the station considerably more than simply obtaining a SESAC license agreement."