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