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Broadcast Music Inc et al v. Trioak Inc. et al

Defendant played 12 songs in his Crown Point establishment, R House of Brews, without a license from BMI, one of three main performance royalty organizations (along w/ ASCAP and SESAC). BMI claims to be caused “great” and “incalculable” damage. Actually, it’s probably about $0.25/song in the jukebox, but we know what they’re saying. While BMI seems like a cranky giant, it’s actually doing this on behalf of all of the artists it represents. Otherwise, nobody collects money and artists have to bring these lawsuits themselves.

Here are the songs allegedly infringed (listen to FULL PLAYLIST):

  1. Bye Bye Love – Everly Brothers
  2. A Country Boy Can Survive – Hank Williams Jr.
  3. Gimme Three Steps – Lynyrd Skynyrd
  4. Midnight Rider – Allman Brothers
  5. Rocky Mountain Way – Joe Walsh
  6. Take Me To The River – Al Green
  7. Who’ll Stop the Rain – Creedence Clearwater Revival
  8. She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy – Kenny Chesney
  9. Loser – Three Doors Down
  10. Ring of Fire – Johnny Cash
  11. I Love This Bar – Toby Keith
  12. Gunpowder and Lead – Miranda Lambert

Court Case Number: 2:10-cv-00380-JVB -PRC
File Date: Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Plaintiff: Broadcast Music Inc
House of Bryant Publications LLC
Bocephus Music Inc
Songs of Universal Inc
EMI Virgin Songs Inc
Elijah Blue Music
Unichappell Music Inc
Barn-Storm Music Inc
Belkin Music
Al Green Music Inc
Rondor Music International Inc
Concord Music Group Inc
EMI Blackwood Music Inc
Scarlet Moon Music Inc
Jelinda Music
Escatawpa Songs
Painted Desert Music Corporation
Sony/ATV Songs LLC
Big Yellow Dog LLC
Tokeco Tunes
Nashville Star Music
Carnival Music Company
Plaintiff Counsel: Peter J. Prettyman of Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP
Defendant: Trioak Inc., Anthony S. Robledo
Cause: Copyright Infringement
Court: Northern District of Indiana
Judge: Judge Joseph S. Van Bokkelen
Referred To: Magistrate Judge Paul R. Cherry