mutterfark: Were they using 'Fat Strats' for a heavy sound?
edmo: Do they have a sales tax license? Liquor? Business? Do they steal ESPN?It ain't rocket science.
Relatively Obscure: I wish it actually did do great and incalculable damage.
HotIgneous Intruder: But not so incalculable as to be beyond the ability of lawyers to determine a hard figure.
mbillips: Don't all of those venues already know that and pay the fee? What makes this crappy bar in Cleveland such a special snowflake?
ThatGuyFromTheInternet: Don't judge a book just by the coverUnless you cover just anotherAnd blind acceptance is a signOf stupid fools who stand in lineLike EBMI, EBMI, EBMI...
BitwiseShift: Turn down any gig in any bar in Medina, man. And Mecca, too. It's a bummer.
mbillips: FTFA:Venues where music is played - bars, restaurants, clubs, theaters, whatever - must pay a licensing fee to the licensing company or they risk facing federal lawsuits from those massive national organizations.Don't all of those venues already know that and pay the fee? What makes this crappy bar in Cleveland such a special snowflake?
Great_Milenko: Relatively Obscure: I wish it actually did do great and incalculable damage.Why?
MaudlinMutantMollusk: DON'T PLAY FREE BIRD, MAN!
ryano913: Does BMI have a network of undercover moles in every bar? How do they know this happened? Any proof?
Ennuipoet: Was it these guys?
Great_Milenko: Right. The reason the hundreds of other bands out there playing cover songs didn't raise concerns is because the establishments hosting them were playing by the rules. Unless The bar is being sued for eleventy kajillion dollars or some other comically excessive amount, I don't see the problem with this. As for the "great and incalculable damage", that's just legal-ese for "if we let them get away with it, everyone else will do the same."
TheOther: The Shareef don't like it
MFAWG: Ennuipoet: Was it these guys?I love those guys. I mean they got up there and did it LIVE!
TheOther: If a baseball fan requests that 'Centerfield' be played at his funeral, will BMI sue the church for not having paid a licensing fee?Fogerty wrote many fine songs, but if I never heard them again in my lifetime, I can't say I would miss them all that much.
Secret Agent X23: ryano913: Does BMI have a network of undercover moles in every bar? How do they know this happened? Any proof?That's exactly what they do. I know someone who does this--go to the bar for an evening and then file a report on what music was played. The reason this bar got caught is just that they got unlucky enough for BMI to send someone there. I don't know what the basis is for deciding where to send these folks.
DarkSoulNoHope: MFAWG: Ennuipoet: Was it these guys?I love those guys. I mean they got up there and did it LIVE!What's scary is the stage size for such a crappy cover band doing The Final Countdown, makes me wonder was it part of some sort of festival or were these rich kids who are so convinced of their own talent that they decided to be ostentatious?!
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