ASCAP files actions against bars and restaurants

March 2005

Music Publishing

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) has filed 24 separate copyright infringement actions against nightclubs, bars and restaurants in 15 states and the District of Columbia. These establishments have publicly performed the copyrighted musical works of ASCAP’s songwriter, composer and music publisher members without receiving their permission to do so and ASCAP allege that this has resulted in lost income. During 2004, ASCAP achieved a 100% success rate with its copyright infringement litigation, with all concluded cases resulting in either a cash settlement or a judgment in favor of ASCAP members. ASCAP represents over 200,000 member owners who, for the most part, are songwriters and composers who rely heavily on their ASCAP royalties, as well as ASCAP’s enforcement efforts on their behalf. Over 86 cents of every dollar collected is distributed to its members, the music creators.


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