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Old 02-07-2010, 07:10 AM
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Default Re: Springsteen sues local bar owner for copyright infringement

Originally Posted by nhzoso View Post
Fair enough but I was referring to the Boss being greedy, I really do not know much about ascap, and lo and behold they are using his name without his permission. I guess they can break the rules as long as No one breaks theirs? What do they do? Do they pay royalties to the performer? If so how do they know who to pay it too?
I don't think you really understand the situation. The way it works in Australia is APRA (Australian equivalent of ASCAP) sells licenses to live music venues to allow them to have live performances on their premises. These live venues or the performers who perform at them will submit a record of when they played and what tunes they played.

APRA then compiles a list of who performed when and where and what tunes they performed, they then divided the licensing fees the venue payed at the beginning out to the songwriters, based on how many tunes where performed, and where and when it occurred.

It's basically all fed into a computer.

It benefits the SONGWRITERS, not the venues, not APRA (ASCAP, which are generally non-profit organizations), and not necessarily the performers.

If i go out with my original band this year, play 15 shows, with a set list of tunes composed 100% by me I can look forward to getting a check of around $200 at the end of the year. (this is a rough estimate).

It's a shame that ASCAP didn't get Springsteen's permission for this particular venture, but bars should be paying licensing fees. In the long run, the fee really isn't that much, as far as I'm aware it's a couple hundred dollars.
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