Legal eagles get busy
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