The Baltimore Sun reports the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers sued Baltimore sports bar Carlos O’ Charlies on Monday in federal court. ASCAP represents more than 690,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers and licenses establishments to play the 11.5 million songs in its repertoire.
ASCAP also is suing a dozen establishments in Chicago, New Orleans, San Francisco, Florida, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Texas. Spokesman Jackson Wagener says they spent up to five years reaching out, and is suing the businesses that refused to obtain licenses.
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The bar owner has to be lying, right? Or is there some other angle in this that I'm not seeing?
What would the bar owner be lying about? He says he has a Pandora business account. That should be easy to verify.
My guess is that Pandora's "standard business use" means employees and waiting rooms and the like, and there's some clause in their agreement with ASCAP that exempts "food and entertainment venues" from coverage, and they have failed to convey that to their customer. Otherwise I don't see how they've got a case if he's indeed a Pandora/Mood Media customer.
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There can be a different licence for a bar/restaurant vs a different type of business. It's the same with TV. If you order tv for an office, it's one type of service, if it's a bar or restaurant, it's another and the price point changes depending on seating capacity. Price difference can be huge.