Indianapolis, IN – Copyright lawyers for Broadcast Music, Inc. (“BMI”) of New York, New York and fourteen music publishing companies filed a copyright infringement suit in the Southern District of Indianaalleging Diamond Investments Inc. d/b/a The Juke Box Live , and Salvatore T. Mazza of Franklin, Indiana infringed eight copyrighted songs that have been registered by the US Copyright Office.
The complaint states that BMI is the exclusive license holder of the eight copyrighted songs at issue and that the other plaintiffs are the owners of the copyrights. The complaint alleges that the eight songs were performed at the Juke Box Live in Franklin on March 19 and 20, 2011 without authorization. The eight songs at issues are: Every Rose Has Its Thorn by Brett Michaels, Family Tradition by Hank Williams, Jr., Keep Your Hands to Your Self by Dan Baird, Lady Down on Love by Randy Owens, Baby Got Back by Anthony L. Ray, Courtesy of The Red, White and Blue by Toby Keith Covel, Play Something Country by Terry McBride, and Gunpowder and Lead by Miranda Lambert. Copyright attorneys are seeking an injunction, damages, costs and attorneys fees.
Practice Tip: In this case, BMI is the exclusive licensor to rights to play the songs listed. Unless a proper license is received, a bar or other establishment plays or allows a band to play music that has been registered with the US Copyright Office may commit copyright infringement. These types of cases are very friendly to the intellectual property owner, and a plaintiff is entitled to attorney’s fees from the defendant.