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Old 02-07-2010, 12:21 AM
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Default Re: Springsteen sues local bar owner for copyright infringement

From today's New York TImes:

February 4, 2010, 4:09 pm
Springsteen Says He Is Not Suing a New York Bar
By BEN SISARIO

Bruce Springsteen wants to make something clear: he is not suing any bars where bands might be playing his songs.

In response to reports saying that he and ASCAP, the royalty collection agency, had sued Connolly’s Pub & Restaurant in Midtown Manhattan for copyright infringement because it did not pay licensing fees, Mr. Springsteen’s publicity firm said in a statement that ASCAP had filed the suit without his involvement or permission. “ASCAP was solely responsible for naming Bruce Springsteen as a plaintiff in the lawsuit,” the statement said. “Bruce Springsteen had no knowledge of this lawsuit, was not asked if he would participate as a named plaintiff, and would not have agreed to do so if he had been asked.”

According to the suit, the bar, on West 45th Street near Times Square, did not pay fees for public performances of two Springsteen songs when a band played there in August 2008. A spokesman for ASCAP declined to comment in response to the Springsteen statement.
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