Copyright Infringement: Artists' Rights

We represented a client in a copyright infringement lawsuit against a local music venue for failure to pay licensing royalties to allow performers to play copyrighted songs. The lawsuit was one of 21 filed simultaneously across the country on behalf of the performing rights group, which collects royalties for songwriters, and alleges that the Empire Dine and Dance establishment in Portland, Maine had not secured the license which would permit musicians to publicly perform compositions written by ASCAP's members. Criterion Music Corp., Controversy Music and You Make Me Sick I Make Music v.575 LLC, William Umbel and Todd Doyle, Docket No. 10-255-P-H (D. ME 2010) (copyright infringement – musical compositions) http://www.pressherald.com/news/music-royalties-lawsuit-names-portland-club_2010-06-30.html.