WRIK Sued For Lack Of ASCAP License
November 21, 2007 at 5:48 AM (PT)
SUN MEDIA and GM SAMUEL K. STRATEMEYER, which operate WRIK/METROPOLIS, IL may be in trouble over "Somebody's Baby," not to mention "Give Me One Reason," "All Night Long" and "All My Life," too, reports THE MADISON RECORD. The songs' owners are giving the radio station 10 reasons why it "willfully infringed" on copyrighted material in a federal civil lawsuit filed NOV. 15th in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of ILLINOIS.
According to the plaintiffs, which include WARNER MUSIC GROUP and SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT, WRIK plays copyrighted songs from the repertory of ASCAP without a license. It's not the first time the station and its owner have been sued for copyright infringement.
"In 1993, members of ASCAP filed a virtually identical copyright infringement action against Defendants, TAURIPIN TUNES, et al. v. SUN MEDIA, INC. and SAMUEL K. STRATEMEYER," the complaint states. "That action was settled when Defendants agreed to pay a stipulated amount and execute a new ASCAP license for WRIK-FM, and comply with the terms and conditions of their ASCAP license agreement."
According to the new suit, WRIK eventually satisfied the monetary portion of the stipulated settlement, but did not obtain an ASCAP license.