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Broadcast Music Inc et al v. Shenanigans Inc et al

Defendant played 10 songs in his Anderson “Couples Only” establishment, Shenanigans, 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. Gimme Three Steps – Lynryd Skynyrd
  2. Hard to Handle – Black Crowes
  3. Inside Out – Eve 6
  4. Old Time Rock and Roll – Bob Seger
  5. Rocky Mountain Way – Joe Walsh
  6. Simple Man – Lynyrd Skynyrd
  7. Cumbersome – Seven Mary Three
  8. I Love This Bar – Toby Keith
  9. Linus and Lucy – Vince Guaraldi
  10. Bleed it Out – Linkin Park

Leave a comment or send an email if you’d like a full copy of the Complaint.

Court Case Number: 2:10-cv-00458-TLS -APR
File Date: Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Plaintiff: Broadcast Music Inc
Songs of Universal Inc
EMI Virgin Songs Inc
Rondor Music International Inc
Less Than Zero Music
Southfield Road Music
Fake and Jaded Music
Muscle Shoals Sound Publishing Co
PeerMusic III Ltd
Barn-Storm Music Inc
Belkin Music
EMI Blackwood Music Inc
Seven Mary Three Music
Sony/ATV Songs LLC
Big Yellow Dog LLC
Tokeco Tunes
Lee Mendelson Film Productions Inc
Universal Music-Z Tunes LLC
Chesterchaz Publishing
Rob Bourdon Music
Nondisclosure Agreement Music
Big Bad Mr Hahn Music
Kenji Kobayashi Music
Plaintiff Counsel: Christopher S. Riley of Barnes & Thornburg LLP
Defendant: Shenanigans Inc, Matthew Kelly
Cause: Copyright Infringement
Court: Northern District of Indiana
Judge: Judge Theresa L. Springmann
Referred To: Magistrate Judge Andrew P. Rodovich