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    So are you in Alter Ego?

    Man this will suck for trying to land gigs for cover bands locally once news of this spreads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ziggysmalls View Post
    So are you in Alter Ego?

    Man this will suck for trying to land gigs for cover bands locally once news of this spreads.
    yeah, I'm the drummer...

    I think most venues pay the fees so there is no worry, it's the ones that don't pay that will now be not booking anyone....

    like they say, no such thing as bad publicity! We are getting all sorts of attention!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Masked Rider View Post
    yeah, I'm the drummer...

    I think most venues pay the fees so there is no worry, it's the ones that don't pay that will now be not booking anyone....

    like they say, no such thing as bad publicity! We are getting all sorts of attention!!
    Oh its good for you providing you are not on the lawsuit!

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    Default Cleveland area bar sued for $1.5m for Cover Band Show - My Band!!

    Most bars pay their fees to BMI and ASCAP. Those that don't like this one deserve to get sued.

    Now you're famous. And stop playing Poison songs please. Haha.
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    This is a trip.

    The club/bar who brings in bands, that play covers, has to pay royalties?

    So the owner of the club has to ok the setlist for every local band that plays?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaboChris View Post
    This is a trip.



    The club/bar who brings in bands, that play covers, has to pay royalties?



    So the owner of the club has to ok the setlist for every local band that plays?

    No that's not how it works. It's usually a lump licensing fee that covers them.

    And of course clubs have always had to pay royalties as they should.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brett View Post
    Most bars pay their fees to BMI and ASCAP. Those that don't like this one deserve to get sued.

    Now you're famous. And stop playing Poison songs please. Haha.
    lol, we have gotten so much crap for our set list! and we don't ever play Free Bird, we did it as a joke because some hillbilly yelled it out!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Masked Rider View Post
    lol, we have gotten so much crap for our set list! and we don't ever play Free Bird, we did it as a joke because some hillbilly yelled it out!

    Haha funny man. Now the whole world knows your set list.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brett View Post
    And of course clubs have always had to pay royalties as they should.
    This is news to me.

    If I opened up a little dive bar and had my cousin's band come in and play, and they played some VH, who would know?

    I'm not trying to argue for the sake of arguing...just generally curious.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaboChris View Post
    This is news to me.



    If I opened up a little dive bar and had my cousin's band come in and play, and they played some VH, who would know?



    I'm not trying to argue for the sake of arguing...just generally curious.

    People come in and check from time to time when they see bands are playing. Yeah they may never catch you but you risk taking a chance continuing to do it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CaboChris View Post
    This is news to me.

    If I opened up a little dive bar and had my cousin's band come in and play, and they played some VH, who would know?

    I'm not trying to argue for the sake of arguing...just generally curious.
    It's a common misconception.

    Think of the FBI warning on films. You can't show the film and collect money for it without paying royalties to the artists involved.

    Same with music. You can't play Van Halen's songs for money and not pay royalties to the songwriters. I am more knowledgeable about royalties for putting cover songs on albums, Brett could probably tell you more about playing live.

    The bar owner knew he had to, he just decided to not do it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave's Dreidel View Post
    The bar owner knew he had to, he just decided to not do it.
    And this is why it's not the bands fault at all. The bar probably had the stickers in the window or the licenses displayed behind the bar, but they had lapsed... for who knows how long.
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    Wow. Never knew this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Number 47 View Post
    And this is why it's not the bands fault at all. The bar probably had the stickers in the window or the licenses displayed behind the bar, but they had lapsed... for who knows how long.

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