ST. LOUIS — Record labels are suing a club for alleged copyright infringement by failing to purchase a license for the songs.
Broadcast Music Inc., Sony/ATV Songs LLC, Stone Diamond Music Corp., et al filed a complaint on April 12 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri against G.B. Development LLC, doing business as The Beale On Broadway, and Bud Jostes alleging that they violated the Copyright Act.
According to the complaint, the plaintiffs allege that since April 2014, they have reached out to the defendants over 60 times to perform their obligation as a musical club to purchase a license before performing live musical compositions owned by the plaintiffs. The music labels submitted cease and desist notices to the establishment that they must immediately cease all use of BMI-licensed music.
The plaintiffs holds the defendants responsible because they allegedly failed to purchase license for the songs publicly performed in the club, failed to honor the rights of the music label to stop using the copyright songs and failed obtain consent or permission to use copyright songs.
The plaintiffs seek to have the defendants restrained from infringing, award statutory damages, costs, and such other and further relief as is just and equitable. They are represented by Eric M. Walter of Armstrong Teasdale LLP in St. Louis.
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri Case number 4:17-cv-01293