Indiana Copyright Litigation: Ziggy’s Bar & Grill Sued by BMI for Copyright Infringement

Indianapolis, Indiana – A copyright litigator for Broadcast Music, Inc. (“BMI”) of New York, New York filed a lawsuit in the Southern District of Indiana alleging copyright infringement.

Defendants in this Indiana litigation, all residents of Indianapolis, Indiana, consist of one business entity, KD&R Enterprises LLC d/b/a Ziggy’s a/k/a Ziggy’s Bar & Grill, and three individuals, Krista Stallings, Denice Benefiel and Ryan Cromer.

Defendant KD&R Enterprises is accused of publicly performing copyrighted musical compositions and/or causing such musical compositions to be publicly performed without authorization. The complaint lists Stallings, Benefiel and Cromer separately as Defendants on the grounds that each is an officer or member of KD&R Enterprises with a responsibility for its operation and that each has a direct financial interest in the company.

The complaint alleges that Defendants were contacted 70 or more times “in an effort to educate Defendants as to their obligations under the Copyright Act with respect to the necessity of purchasing a license for the public performance of musical compositions in the BMI repertoire” but that infringement of BMI’s copyrighted works continued. In this lawsuit, six claims of willful infringement are made against Defendants.

BMI is joined in this copyright litigation by the owners of the copyrighted works: Dennis Linde Legacy, Rondor Music International, Inc. d/b/a Irving Music, Songpainter Music, Universal-Songs of Polygram International, Inc., Songs of Universal, Inc., Escatawpa Songs and McMoore McLesst Publishing.

Plaintiffs seek injunctive relief along with statutory damages, costs and attorney’s fees.

The case was assigned to District Judge Jane Magnus Stinson and Magistrate Judge Debra McVicker Lynch in the Southern District of Indiana and assigned Case No. 1:16-cv-02480-JMS-DML.

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