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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Bar Was Fined for Pirated Karaoke Music

Bar Was Fined for Pirated Karaoke Music

Bar Was Fined for Pirated Karaoke Music

Added: Friday, July 19th, 2013
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Ridiculous Criminal Trials
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, www.extrattorrent.com, 2013
A number of music label affiliates in cooperation with the royalty collection agency called BMI have recently won a legal battle against the Texan hotel / bar Clarion Inn. The court decided that the establishment was hosting unauthorized karaoke events which featured music from Otis Redding, Willy Nelson and Johnny Cash. The court awarded copyright owners $45,000 in damages. This was just one of more than 80 lawsuits of such kind filed this year.

Royalty collection outfits often go to extremes as they go about extorting money on behalf of performers and music composers. For instance, in the US alone, this has resulted in hundreds of lawsuits, mostly filed again pubs and bars playing music without a proper license. Back in 2012, over a hundred of these cases were launched and in 2013 there are already over 80.

Most of these cases are resolved with a settlement, with bars or restaurants paying a few thousand dollars to eliminate the problem. Nevertheless, sometime a judgement is entered, like in the recent case against the Texan hotel / bar Clarion Inn. The royalty collection outfit BMI and a number of copyright owners, including Sony and Universal, have filed a lawsuit against the bar for playing karaoke songs without a proper license, claiming to have suffered considerable damage and demanded compensation.

In response to the accusations, the bar didn’t argue that it offered karaoke to the visitors, but the bar manager testified she wasn’t aware of any wrongdoing of the karaoke provider, because they are usually independently licensed. So, the manager claimed she didn’t intentionally violate any copyrights, and if she knew the service was illegal, she would have not allowed the performance.

However, the court dismissed her testimony and innocent infringer defense and awarded a summary judgement in favour of the music industry. The judge also pointed out that the Clarion Inn had already been warned on numerous occasions before and therefore can’t be considered innocent infringers. The court ruling resulted in a permanent injunction against the bar – for the 15 infringements the judge awarded $45,000 in statutory damages to the copyright owners and over $10,000 for attorneys’ costs.

Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article.

July 19th,2013

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Date:  Friday, July 19th, 2013

Comments (6) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2013-07-20 04:02:34)
bubfred72 avatarWell with the gutter bars, I frequent, I won't to worry about the music industry busting anyone there..

posted by (2013-07-20 08:18:24)
saddlebinky avatarMoney grubbing scumbags!! Absolutely sure that Otis Redding and Johnny Cash don't give a crap about unauthorized karaoke songs unless they've been on the Ouija board to BMI! How exactly is some drunk singing karaoke costing copyright owners $45,000 ? Are they selling CD's or DVD's of their performances ? And they wonder why no-one has any sympathy for the music industry when it comes to illegal downloads !

posted by (2013-07-21 01:08:30)
NoTimeForPoopin avatarThis is one of those times I agree with copyright laws. Saddlebinky, please grow up. It's called business, this bar was making loads of money and instead of manning up and just buying those songs like every other legitimate karaoke company they decided to take the piracy route. It's not like they were at home singing karaoke on their laptop. If that was the case I'd be furious, but it's not. People get to up in arms about this shit and sometimes it's a good thing.

posted by Blocked (2013-07-21 17:57:00)
No avatarthis because saddlebinky has nothing original of his own, if he did and someone stole it without paying him he would be crying too

posted by (2013-07-22 23:59:28)
No avatarok first off have you seen a karaoke cd that didnt suck? and how is karaoke unauthorized in a bar? and now days places that do karaoke use a laptop with downloaded songs. i assume you people never made a mixtape back in the 90's.

posted by ET junkiemen (2013-07-24 01:18:53)
4GET avatari was DJ in the past and most folks would bring there own stuff
and ask to throw it on and they would get so carried away they would
forget it hence its the person playing the tunes not the establishment ..lost and found
most bring there own drinks in handbags ect is that copyright

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