ASCAP Sues Establishments For Perf Royalty Non-Payment
March 24, 2008 at 4:33 PM (PT)
ASCAP is on a copyright-infringement lawsuit binge, having just filed 29 separate suits against nightclubs, bars and restaurants in 22 states and D.C. The defendants have continued to publicly perform the songs of the ASCAP members without a license after ignoring the society's efforts to establish a business relationship.
"By filing these 29 actions at the same time, ASCAP is aiming to heighten awareness among music users and the public that it is a federal offense to perform copyrighted music without permission," SVP/Licensing VINCENT CANDILORA said. "ASCAP's priority is to serve as a voice and advocate for its more than 315,000 members who are essentially the smallest of small business owners. ASCAP not only has a right to collect license fees from the users of music, but it also has a responsibility to its members to ensure they are adequately compensated for their hard work."