Monthly Archives: August 2007

Equity takes aim at illicit video-taping of Plays, Musicals.

An interesting piece on Backstage.com discusses the increasing problem of clips from plays and musicals showing up on Youtube. Though most states have severe penalties for taping from the auditorium of a show, concert or movie, few theatres actually involve the authorities. Instead, most opt for a more informal, “delete it and don't let it happen again” approach.

ASCAP sues restaurants over music use… are theatres next?

In recent months, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) has sued at least twenty six restaurants around the country for copyright infringement. The claims stem from the restaurants’ playing of music without obtaining a license from the performing rights organization. Before long, theatres and other performance venues may also be targets. Continue Reading

Restaurants sued for playing music without ASCAP/BMI licenses

In recent months, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) has sued at least two dozen restaurants around the country for copyright infringement. The claims stem from the restaurants’ playing of music without obtaining a license from the performing rights organization. ASCAP and its competitor BMI (Broadcast Music International) are the two largest… Continue Reading

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