Bruce Springsteen is taking legal action against the owners of a New York bar who allegedly failed to obtain permission to play The Boss' songs.
The "Born to Run" rocker filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Connolly's Pub & Restaurant on Wednesday, claiming the venue's bosses charged customers a fee to hear a band perform three of Springsteen's tracks in August 2008.
This is obivously not about money for the Boss, but about the bar not paying ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers). Interesting case.
Has anyone known whether bars they play at pay the proper fees to ASCAP if you're playing covers? I never even knew about this before I read this article.
How do you all feel about this? Should we as performers be questioning the bar owners when we play covers? Is it our responsibility or theirs?