COPYRIGHT / TRADE MARK
Artists, music publishing
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By Tim Cain

An interesting story about how Frank Zappa’s estate (The Zappa Family Trust) is seeking to stop unauthorized tribute bands and events using the music of Frank Zappa – and effectively stop bands playing and events taking place. The trust’s cease-and-desist case – which has altered but not shut down any blogs, and which failed to stop at least two tribute band performances it was designed to halt – seems to rest on assertion that “ASCAP licenses limit the grant of rights to nondramatic performances … many works by Frank Zappa are inherently dramatic in nature.”

http://www.herald-review.com/articles/2008/01/11/columnists/cain/1029236.txt