Tribute bands zapped

February 2008

Artists, music publishing
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.”

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