Le­gal ea­gles get busy

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It has been a bo­nanza week for mu­sic busi­ness le­gal ea­gles in the US.

First came the news that Smash­ing Pump­kins are tak­ing for­mer la­bel Vir­gin to court.

The rea­son for Billy Cor­gan and co’s breach-of­con­tract suit? A claim that Vir­gin has en­dan­gered the band’s rep­u­ta­tion by in­volv­ing them in sales pro­mo­tions with Ama­zon and Pepsi.

Cor­gan de­scribed it as “a frus­trat­ing sit­u­a­tion” for the band “to be treated so poorly by a la­bel where we had so much suc­cess”.

The other mu­sic busi­ness plain­tiffs this week are US per­form­ing rights body ASCAP, who have sent in the heav­ies to tackle 29 clubs and venues who are play­ing mu­sic in pub­lic with­out a li­cence.

The body claims “it reached out to the own­ers of the es­tab­lish­ments re­peat­edly over a sig­nif­i­cant pe­riod of time be­fore tak­ing le­gal ac­tion”.

Billy Cor­gan: tak­ing for­mer la­bel Vir­gin to court

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