ASCAP Sues 24 Restaurants for Playing Music without Permission

American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) filed copyright infringement suits today against 24 eating and drinking establishments in 15 states. The establishments were charged with publicly performing the works of ASCAP’s artists without permission (read: money).

“Informing business owners of their obligations under Federal Copyright Law is one of ASCAP’s key roles,” said Vincent Candilora, Senior Vice President of Licensing at ASCAP. “We provide any business using music the opportunity to receive permission through acceptance of a license covering the use of over 8 million copyrighted songs and compositions…”

Not looking good for the 24 businesses–ASCAP batted .1000 with their copyright litigation in 2004. More here from ASCAP press release via Yahoo and the Nashville City Paper