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An Expensive Dance at Madam's Organ?

According to a September 1, 2004 article in the Legal Times,
In finding that Washington, DC watering-hole Madam's Organ violated copyright laws, Judge Kollar-Kotelly ruled that any dancing -- whether it be to the copyrighted song or to a live band playing an original composition -- would void any protections offered through their Music Choice subscription. Kollar-Kotelly stated that the door charge voided those protections as well. . . ."This was a shakedown," says Madam's Organ manager, William Duggan, adding that the bar may be forced to close if ordered to pay $60,000 in legal fees. "Their intention is to make a hardball example out of us and scare the shit out of everyone else."
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Being a spy for ASCAP sounds like a dream job. This guy bills for 4 hours of pounding beers while listening to a saxaphonist at a live music bar. He probably got mileage for his 400 mile commute too. Sweet! My argument for ASCAP? They were playing Stevie Wonder for Christ's sake... how can you not dance to "Boogie on Reggae Woman"???

September 03, 2004 9:42 AM  

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