Springsteen Sues NYC Bar Over Royalties

Friday, 05 Feb 2010 09:38 AM

 

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Bruce Springsteen is suing a Manhattan pub, saying it failed to pay an annual licensing fee to an organization that distributes royalty payments to artists.

Springsteen claims the pub violated his copyrights by letting an unidentified band perform two of his songs for profit.

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers brought the lawsuit Wednesday under Springsteen's name. ASCAP said it's important to set a precedent that protects the rights of songwriters everywhere.

ASCAP said Connolly's Pub — and other establishments — should know royalties are part of the music business.

A man who answered the phone at Connolly's on Thursday said the pub had no comment.

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