December 20, 2007

Roadhouse Blues

The Boss - Bruce Springsteen - and his cronies (i.e., publishers EMI, WB etc.) filed a cookie-cutter copyright infringement suit, alleging unauthorized public performance of four musical works. Defendant is the owner of the Rolling Thunder Road House Cafe, in South Carolina.

Nothing that interesting here, other than plaintiffs claim knowing and wilful infringement, based on Defendant ignoring letters from ASCAP -- but then only demand non-wilful statutory damages (i.e., $750 - $30,000). Statutory damages for wilful infringement have a maximum of $150,000. 17 U.S.C. 504(c).

[Duke of Earle et al. v. Baker, case 6:07-cv-04062-RBH (filed 12/18/2007; Dist.S.C.)]

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