JOE’S BAR FAC­ING AC­TION OVER AL­LEGED COPY­RIGHT IN­FRINGE­MENT BY ASCAP

Chicago Sun-Times - - CITY BEAT - BY MIRIAM DI NUNZIO Staff Reporter Email: md­i­n­un­zio@ sun­times. com Twit­ter: @ Miri­amDiNun­zio

A pop­u­lar Near North Side bar is among 11 venues across the coun­try cited for al­leged copy­right in­fringe­ment, the Amer­i­can So­ci­ety of Com­posers, Au­thors and Pub­lish­ers an­nounced Thurs­day.

Ac­cord­ing to the of­fi­cial state­ment from ASCAP, Joe’s on Weed Street is among 11 venues which will be sued for copy­right in­fringe­ment.

Le­gal ac­tion has been ini­ti­ated “against bars and restau­rants nationwide, aris­ing out of the unau­tho­rized pub­lic per­for­mance of its mem­bers’ copy­righted mu­si­cal works,” ASCAP said.

“Each of the es­tab­lish­ments sued to­day has de­cided to use mu­sic with­out com­pen­sat­ing song­writ­ers. By fil­ing these ac­tions, ASCAP is stand­ing up for song­writ­ers whose cre­ative work brings great value to all businesses that pub­licly per­form their mu­sic,” said ASCAP ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent of li­cens­ing Vin­cent Candilora, via the state­ment.

A spokesper­son for Joe’s on Weed Street had “no com­ment” when reached Thurs­day by the Sun- Times. Here are the venues cited:

Bolton Street Tav­ern ( Marl­bor­ough, Mass.)

Casa Cal­abria at the Ocean Manor Re­sort ( Fort Laud­erdale, Florida)

Club Skye ( Tampa, Fla.) Far West ( Dal­las) Joe’s on Weed Street Jones Creek Café & Oys­ter Bar ( Ba­ton Rouge, La.) Louie’s Lake­house ( South­wick, Mas­sachusetts) Sham­rock ( New Or­leans)

The Air­port Lounge ( Mil­wau­kee)

The Bark­ing Dog ( Bethesda, Mary­land)

The Greene Tur­tle ( Aberdeen, Mary­land)

Other Chicago- area venues have been sued by ASCAP in the past for sim­i­lar al­le­ga­tions. Law­suits claim­ing copy­right in­fringe­ment were filed in 2015 against Fat­pour in Wicker Park and Kirk­wood Bar in Lake View. In Fe­bru­ary 2016, Sony and BMI filed a copy­right in­fringe­ment law­suit against Piece Brew­ery & Pizze­ria in Wicker Park.

Thurs­day’s ASCAP state­ment went on to say:

“Any busi­ness us­ing copy­righted mu­sic has the op­por­tu­nity to ob­tain per­mis­sion to do so law­fully through a sim­ple li­cense, which cov­ers the en­tire ASCAP reper­tory of over 10.5 mil­lion mu­si­cal works. The av­er­age cost for bars and restau­rants amounts to less than just $ 2 per day for the right to play an un­lim­ited amount of mu­sic.”

Joe’s on Weed Street is one of 11 venues nationwide cited by ASCAP.

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